View Full Version : Favre... Surgery or retirement?

30 Apr 10,, 19:39
When is this guy just going to hang it up??

Link, ESPN (http://espn.go.com/blog/nfcnorth/post/_/id/12115/favre-finds-this-years-training-camp-excuse)

I can see it already -- and I know you can, too.

Renowned orthopedist James Andrews tells Brett Favre he needs surgery on his left ankle if he wants to play in 2010.

Brett Favre sustained the ankle injury during last January's NFC Championship Game.Favre, who turns 41 in October, wrestles with the difficult decision of whether to have surgery or, sigh, retire. The days tick on as Favre is torn between spending his days on a tractor or earning $13 million for five monthís work in Minnesota. Finally, after much angst, Favre has surgery, begins his rehabilitation and targets, say, a mid-August test of his football skills.

Call me cynical. But does anyone believe the next few months will play out any other way?

Look, I have no doubt Favre has a legitimate injury. Anyone who saw New Orleans defensive end Bobby McCray twist the ankle during the NFC Championship Game, or saw the pictures of the ensuing swelling, knows itís real. And itís also true we havenít been told the exact nature of the injury.

I spoke this morning with ESPN analyst Stephania Bell, who acknowledged that serious ankle surgeries do exist -- reconstruction among them -- and said itís difficult to extrapolate Favreís prognosis without more information. But Favre has had ankle surgery before, in 2007 to remove bone spurs, and I donít think weíre making a dangerous assumption in suggesting the surgery is more likely to be routine than it is significant.

I suppose itís possible Favre will retire rather than have surgery. Maybe this will provide him cover for a decision heís already made not to return to Minnesota. But knowing his history, donít you think itís much more likely the opposite is true?

Favre spent three months ďtestingĒ his surgically repaired throwing arm last summer, and if he plans to replicate another post-training camp arrival this year, I think heís now identified his avenue.

I will say this: If the Vikings were either caught off-guard by this revelation or if theyíve miscalculated his intentions, then theyíre guilty of gross negligence at the most important position in sports.

As weíve documented many times, they havenít lifted a finger this offseason to add anyone at the position. Returning to a competition between two quarterbacks who flopped last summer in training camp, Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels, would be indefensible in my opinion.

If there was any doubt about it before, Iíll be heading to Minnesotaís rookie minicamp Friday afternoon. Iíll pass along any information I glean -- including whether R.J. Archer or Ryan Perrilloux looks like a viable starter this season.

03 May 10,, 02:48
He'll play one more year, fill the contract. Should of won the SB last year.