Brett Favre Surgery Confirms Return

David Kindervater@TheDGKCorrespondent IMay 22, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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This is not really a big surprise, but by having arthroscopic surgery on his bum left ankle, Minnesota Vikings' quarterback Brett Favre is as good as coming back for a 20th NFL season.

Dr. James Andrews operated on Favre at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, FL. The surgery cleaned up scar tissue and other elements of the joint to allow for a better range of motion—to play football. Although the injury was apparently causing pain in everyday activities, Brett didn't need the surgery to ride his lawn mower or play golf. He needed it to play for the Vikings in 2010. A few weeks ago he said he would require the surgery if he were going to play this season. And barring any unforeseen setback, that's exactly what he'll do.

Oh his official Web site, Brett informed:

"This is to confirm that I did have a procedure to remove some scar tissue and bone spurs from my ankle which had been bothering me for a period of time. I appreciate your concerns."

Of course, he didn't come out and say that he was definitely playing football this season, but we all know he is. The rehab period is 4-6 weeks. That puts him on July 2, at the latest, for a full recovery. Then he can start running and getting ready for training camp. Of course, when, exactly, he'll report to camp—that's another matter altogether.