MINNEAPOLIS - AUGUST 28: Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings is sacked by Chris Clemons #91 of the Seattle Seahawks during a preseason NFL game at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on August 28 2010 in Minneapolis Minnesota. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)

Favre Taking Injections To Dull Pain In Ankle; Doesn't Know If He 'Can Make It'

People that aren't Favre fans may say he's simply readying excuses if the season doesn't go well, but reality is that he's almost 41 and no one should be surprised if this season isn't quite as magical as last.

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Brett Favre Taking Injections To Dull Pain In Ailing Ankle; Doesn't Know If He Can Make It?

Brett Favre waited until the last minute to decide if he was going to return to the Minnesota Vikings for a second season due to concerns regarding a nagging ankle injury.

The nearly 41-year-old quarterback told Sports Illustrated’s Peter King that he’s taking “lubricant injections” to help his ankle be as mobile as an ankle can possibly be following three surgeries and a long NFL career.

“My ankle just seems to get easier to sprain. I know everyone thinks the New Orleans game [the NFC Championship Game] killed me, but it was bad before then. Now we’ll see if I can make it. My mind’s telling me one thing, but my body’s telling me something else.’’

This, coupled with the news that Favre wasn’t excited that Sidney Rice would miss the first half of the season, could mean something.

Of course, maybe it doesn’t.

As has been par for the course with Favre, only time will tell.


Report: Brett Favre Could Make $20 Million This Season

There was talk prior to Brett Favre returning to the Minnesota Vikings that money was possibly one of the sticking points for the quarterbacks return, though he dismissed that rumor as soon as it was brought to him.

Regardless if that was true or not, Favre will make more money this season – up to $20 million – after restructuring his contract according to ProFootballTalk.

Per a league source, Vikings quarterback Brett Favre got his new contract on Monday. He received a signing bonus of $4.4 million, and he reduced his base salary from $13 million to $11.6 million. Favre also is eligible to earn $4 million in incentives, which allows him to make up to $20 million in 2010.

Since nothing is done regarding Favre’s status without some sort of conspiracy involved, PFT brings up an interesting, if not outlandish, point regarding the timing of the contract.

Favre’s new deal was finalized the day before word emerged that receiver Sidney Rice underwent surgery that will knock him out of action for two months. If Favre knew he’d be without Rice for at least two months, would he have wanted to push some of the money tied to incentives based on team accomplishments toward his base salary?

Things that make you go hmmm.


Brett Favre Attends Vikings Practice; Holds Press Conference To Announce Return

The will he or won’t he drama concluded for another season this afternoon as Brett Favre practiced with the Minnesota Vikings Wednesday morning before holding a press conference in the afternoon.

In the press conference, he talked about his decision, his reasons for coming back and the status of his ankle.

The quote that will hit Vikings fans the hardest is probably when the quarterback said “I owe to to this organization to give it one more try.”

For more quotes, including video of the press conference, Yahoo! Sports’ Shutdown Corner blog has "the seven most revealing quotes from Brett Favre’s press conference."


Arrivin' On A Jet Plane: Favre Heading To Minneapolis

According to Jay Glazer of Fox Sports, Brett Favre has told the Minnesota Vikings he’s “back in” and is currently on a plane flying towards Minneapolis.

Favre informed the trio (Steve Hutchinson, Jared Allen, and Ryan Longwell) Tuesday that he is, in fact, back in and will rejoin the Vikings, FOXsports.com has learned.

In addition, Favre is on the plane with the players and is heading back to Minneapolis. However, while signs point to Favre coming back, neither he nor his agent have informed the team that he’s returning. And with Favre, another change of heart is certainly not out of the question.

So, it appears that Favre is, indeed, returning for a 20th season. In other equally shocking news, water is wet, and the sun did, indeed, rise in the east this morning.


Vikings May Have Allowed Three Players To Miss Camp In Order To Visit Brett Favre

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reports that Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson, and Ryan Longwell were absent from Vikings practice this morning. Because none of the players have reported injuries, and none were spotted at pre-practice meetings, the speculation is that the Vikings sent them to visit Brett Favre’s home in Hattiesburg, MS, in order to convince him to return to the Vikings.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream to read the latest Favre developments.


Favre Says He'll Play If He's Healthy

ESPN's Ed Werder reports:

Brett Favre told ESPN's Ed Werder that he has not made any decision about returning for the 2010 season and says he will play if healthy.

Favre also denies sending text messages to the contrary to any Vikings personnel, and says this isn't about the money.

Jim Souhan of the Star Tribune also has perhaps the silliest quote of the day:

Favre said he had not texted teammates to tell them he was retiring, although tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said he had done just that.

"That's Shank," Favre chuckled. "That's why I love him."

Yes, Favre is asking us to believe that the messages - reported by sources and confirmed by Shiancoe - were all some sort of mass delusion, and that Shiancoe's confirmation was nothing but a well-executed joke. Uh... right.

And so, Day 2: Direct contradictions to confirmed Day 1 reports!


Favre Working Out In Mississippi, Possibly For More Money

It's Day Two of Volume XLVII of the Brett Favre Retirement Saga. The ol' gunslinger's back at Oak Grove High in Hattiesburg with the local team this morning, according to ESPN:

Favre did not appear to be working out Wednesday morning, but simply ran onto the field and began lightly tossing the ball with players in warmups. He then helped as the players went through drills.

As to why he'd be doing this a day after (theoretically) telling team officials he was done, we can only speculate. Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune, as always, can speculate better than most:

According to NFL sources, the Vikings' pitch to bring back Favre now includes an offer that could pay him $20 million -- $16 million guaranteed, plus incentives potentially worth another $4 million. Favre was scheduled to make $13 million this season.

Seven million dollars does have a way of persuading people to do things they might otherwise not do, doesn't it?


Shiancoe Confirms Text Message Reports

Though there was some question whether the initial reports of Brett Favre's text messages were accurate, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe has corroborated the messages, according to Judd Zulgad.

Visanthe Shiancoe confirms that some players have learned from Favre he plans to retire. Shiancoe hasn't been told that yet by Favre.

You can expect the rest of the organization to say relatively little about this, because it seems clear that management on down still hopes to convince Favre otherwise. Still, though, if Favre could be swayed from this decision, then why would he make it in the first place?


Childress, Vikings Claim Ignorance Of Favre Decision

Vikings head coach Brad Childress is meeting with the media at Vikings training camp in Mankato; we are of course indebted to Judd Zulgad of the greatest newspaper in the world, the Star Tribune, for live-tweeting it.

Zulgad reports that every player denied any knowledge of Favre's decision one way or the other. He also reports that Childress claims to have not heard of any decision, and that the coach "wouldn't be surprised" no matter which way the story goes. The coach says he's talked to Favre in the last 24 hours and hasn't heard anything.

You can thus translate this story one of two ways, at this point:

  1. Brett Favre is, for whatever reasons, floating the idea of retiring without actually making up his mind. One can only speculate as to why he'd toss rocks into that particular pond to watch the rings spread.
  2. In the hopes of getting Favre to reconsider, the entire organization is on no-comment lockdown, as they try to get the quarterback to change his mind.

Frankly, the second seems much more likely to me, but we shall see.

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