Brad Childress Gives Brett Favre Deadline

Carmine CarusoCorrespondent IJune 8, 2009

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - DECEMBER 28:  Brett Favre #4 of The New York Jets looks to pass against The Miami Dolphins during their game on December 28, 2008 at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.  (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Reports last night said that former Atlanta Falcons, Green Bay Packers, and New York Jets quarterback Brett Favre has had surgery on a tendon in his right arm. Before these reports, it was thought that Favre had not yet undergone surgery and would still need to do so pending a potential reinstatement.

The debate about whether Favre will come back from retirement yet again has been as up and down as the heart monitor of a barely living medical patient that just won’t die. Since before the offseason, there have been several rumors of the possibility of Favre returning to play for the Minnesota Vikings, even after he retired for a second time in February.

Minnesota Head Coach Brad Childress spoke out Monday, saying that if Favre wanted to play for the Vikings, he would need to report to the team by the end of the week. The Vikings currently have Tavaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, whom they acquired from the Houston Texans, battling for the starting quarterback role.

The three-time NFL Most Valuable Player will now need to decide whether he really wants to come back again. He has shunned rumors of a possible return already, however he did the same thing last offseason before returning from retirement to play for New York. Favre will be 40 in October, and if he does join Minnesota, he will be the third new installment at quarterback to an NFC North team this offseason, along with Jay Cutler and Matt Stafford.