Iron Man Brett Favre: Will His Surgery Finally Stop Him?

Brandon Long@GBpackerFanaContributor IMay 22, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 (C) and Tavaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings look on dejected from the bench late in the game against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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As I’m sure we have all heard, Brett Favre has decide to under go arthroscopic ankle surgery. According to mass media and Favre’s doctor it will take about 4 weeks to heal and be on the field. About the 20th of June he will be playable, right around training camp time.

I did some snooping on American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons‘ website. According to them it takes 4 to 8 weeks to heal as long as there is no serious reconstructive surgery going on. Then it goes on to tell us that any high impact jobs or activities will take a very long time to take part in although, he will be able to get around unassisted.

Last I checked being a quarterback in the NFL qualifies as a high impact job or activity.

Brett Favre obviously intends to return to the Vikings if he is getting the surgery to be able play. At the same time, wouldn’t it have been smarter for him to have gotten the surgery right at last season's end?

Now he is counting on the minimum possible heal time to get him into training camp and don’t forget he’s getting old; healing time would probably be more on the longer side of the scale depending on how serious the surgery is.

There is a realistic possibility that the iron man will play great like usual. However the possibility of getting re-injured on every single hit will be extremely high for a few months.

Of course I would never wish anything bad upon Brett Favre, he is a Packer legend. I also do not want the Vikings to go to the Super Bowl in 2011 because that would imply the Vikings did better than the Packers. However, I don’t want them to get half way there only to see Brett Favre’s career end face up on a stretcher.

Favre is obviously going to get the surgery and obviously plans to start. I think he will be injured early in the season as soon as that red shirt comes off and a purple one goes on.

Skipping training camp might greatly benefit him in the healing process. I fear for the health of Brett Favre, however he has nothing left to lose. If I were him I’d get the surgery and prey I make it through all 16 games with out further injury.


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