While mainstream media jumped at the opportunity to announce the "news" of Brett Favre's latest alleged retirement yesterday, the truth is there has been no such announcement. Brett Favre has not retired (again) yet.
What's more surprising is that the Vikings' official web site bought into the frenzy with the headline "Report: Favre Won't Return to Vikings." But it hasn't happened. It's nothing more than a few scribes running with misinformation and having it catch on like wildfire because most of the football world is obsessed with Brett Favre retirement talk. The same thing happened last season before Favre eventually joined the Vikings to have, arguably, the best season of his someday Hall of Fame career.
According to Favre's first NFL QB coach (and close friend) Steve Marriucci, Favre has been struggling with the rehab on his bum ankle, but has not made a decision as to whether or not he will play in 2010. And that's really it. Favre's injured ankle isn't completely healed, but it hasn't caused him to walk—or limp—away from the game just yet.
Brett Favre has started 309 straight games. Do you really think he's going to retire with an ankle injury that's improving but not quite 100% yet? I think it will take more than that to get him to quit playing football.