Brett Favre needs surgery on his left ankle to be able to play football again, according to Favre.
He suffered the injury in the NFC Championship Game, and many will remember seeing pictures of it swollen and disfigured afterwards.
In an ESPN article, Favre said the constant pain prompted him to get the injury checked out. Dr. James Andrews, the famous orthopedic surgeon, reviewed Favre's scans and recommended the surgery. There is no word on if he will be performing it.
As usual, Favre hasn't committed himself one way or the other when it comes to actually playing NFL football again this year. He usually waits out the bulk of the minicamps, OTAs, and even training camp before making a triumphant, media-crazed return through the side door of his respective team's training facility.
Favre said to ESPN via email: “To play again, I would need the surgery, as I suspected. This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff. One year truly felt like 10—much like Green Bay for many years. That's what I was missing in my heart I suppose, a sense of belonging.”
Brett offered absolutely no specifics about the injury, timetables, his decision, or anything of consequence.
The Minnesota Vikings have Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels returning to the soap opera that is the quarterback position in Minnesota. UAB quarterback Joe Webb was drafted in the sixth round of the draft, but he is being looked at as a wide receiver.
Favre is technically under contract to the Vikings after signing a two-year deal last year for $25 million, but the team would obviously tear that up and start fresh if he would deign to offer his services to the franchise for one last run at the Super Bowl.
Favre had the best season of his career last year, throwing for 4,202 yards, 33 TDs, and only seven interceptions and completing 68 percent of his passes. He had every possible weapon he could want, from an almost telepathic hookup with Sidney Rice to the father-son thing he had going on with Percy Harvin. To put it bluntly, he was incredible.
For those reasons, I just have a sneaking suspicion that Favre might be considering calling it quits. Why? What am I talking about?
Consider that Favre did have an incredible year at the age of 40. His receivers had awesome seasons, and the defense did just enough to get them to within one interception of the Super Bowl.
How can he top that at the age of 41 with an ankle that is questionable and a body that is a year older and receivers that had career years? I personally don't think he is only going to throw seven interceptions again.
I don't think Adrian Peterson is going to play the good soldier this year with a diminished role once again, and I think the defense did not get any better.
I think this press release was designed to test the waters, so to speak. Brett is an avid outdoorsman; he knows how to stir up the grass a little to let the people know he's got something big to say.
Personally, I think Brett might be setting us up for the final goodbye.