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Posted on: September 6, 2010 10:03 pm
 

Favre shows up on season's first injury report

Posted by Will Brinson

The NFL released its first injury report of the season today (all together now: YEEEEEEEEEEEAAH !) and while there's not a ton of surprising news, per se, there is something that we should get used to seeing -- "Brett Favre (ankle)."

Favre was listed despite having full participation in practice and given his state of health, it's unlikely he won't be on that list most every week that he plays (which would, given his track record, seem like about 16 times, not counting the postseason).

Also listed for the Vikings are Toby Gerhart (knee), Cedric Griffin (knee), Jamarca Sanford (ankle) and John Sullivan (calf), who all had limited participation in practice, and Chris Cook (knee) and Jimmy Kennedy (knee) who didn't practice.

The Saints included Marques Colston (kidney), Jimmy Graham (ankle) and Pierson Prioleau (knee) as those who had full participation, Tracy Porter (knee), Zach Strief (knee) and Jonathan Vilma (groin) as limited and Stanley Arnoux (ankle) and Chris Ivory (knee) as those that didn't practice.

So, yeah, the point being is that Favre's listed, but he's probably fine and we know that football is truly here when Favre is listed on an injury report.

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 11:23 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 11:31 pm
 

Is Favre just a built-up training camp holdout?

Serious apologies in advance for having to post something else on Brett Favre but, hey, he did return to the NFL today. Oh, yes, and he took four snaps, threw one pass and got tattooed by Patrick Willis. Link to that video below.

Anywho, NBC aired an interview with Favre and Al Michaels at halftime of Sunday's game and there were some interesting tidbits, including the fact that Favre was scared .

"In all honest, Al, there was a big part of me, there was some fear -- a fear of failure," Favre said.

Michaels then asked him why it takes him "so long" to make him his mind.

True that, Brett. True that. But he's still not really answering the question, unless he's actually admitting that he was always coming back and he's just skipping training camp. Which, um, actually makes sense. Perhaps even more interesting was his response to Michaels' question about the Vikings re-doing Favre's contract.

"They re-did your contract," Michaels began. "Some people would say, 'You know what he was doing, he was looking for a better deal.'"

"I knew that would be some people's assumption," Favre said. "It was tempting. But I've always made a lot of money. I knew I didn't need it."

Pause for a second on the fact that, no, that conversation doesn't make any sense in terms of flow. Michaels followed up by asking, "Did it move you any closer?"

"Honestly, no," Favre said. "It all came back to being obligated to the guys and that was really the strongest pull. I'm no fool -- it's a lot of money. But that in itself was not the biggest factor."

So, yeah, the quick reaction to this conversation is that a) Favre hates training camp and b) Favre loves money. That's totally cool. In fact, I bet 99% of NFL players feel that way, if not higher. Most of them just don't disguise those feelings through the annoying guise of retirement indecision. Although, my goodness, if that's the case, he's pulling off the most impressively disguised training camp holdout of all-time.

Seriously, think about it: if money was a huge issue in him coming back to Minnesota, he basically just refused to come to training camp until he got a new contract. WHICH IS EXACTLY WHAT DARRELLE REVIS IS DOING. And, of course, anyone else that wants to get paid.

Yet we don't look at it that way, because we're so convinced that Favre actually wants the attention that his daily re/de-tirement provides. Perhaps thinking that way is giving him too much credit for his ability to manipulate everyone involved with the situation, but if that's the case, well, bravo, Brett. Bravo.

Oh yeah, Michaels then asked Favre what he thought about constantly being "lampooned."

"If I'm gonna play, I better play like I did last year," Favre said. "If you don't execute on a consistent basis, they're gonna throw daggers at you."

Or they'll just hope that Patrick Willis does stuff like he did to the Vikings' quarterback  during Favre's first series back. Ah, good times .

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Posted on: August 22, 2010 9:31 pm
Edited on: August 22, 2010 9:35 pm
 

Favre thinks snitches best be quittin'

Posted by Will Brinson

Okay, Brett Favre is actually upset about "leaks" and not "snitches" but the point remain the same: the one guy who uses the media more than any human being on the planet to a) fight his personal war and b) saturate his yearning for attention is now complaining that members of his own team are leaking information about he and his coach not getting along.

So Favre held a couple of closed door meetings. And then he talked about them with Ed Werder. (Excuse me while I have my palm surgically removed from my forehead.)

"If something is being said in here -- by whoever, it's got to stop," Favre told Werder. "It's hard enough to win as it is. Success does crazy things. So we had a good meeting.

But don't worry -- whoever is snitching about Childress and Favre is really only making the team better. Provided things play out like the last time someone leaked information about Childress and Favre not enjoying each other.

"That article, like the schism thing, brought us together last year," Fave said. "It really did because it wasn't true. I don't know if someone out there is planting seeds or what but we wanted to nip it in the bud."

Ignoring for a moment the sheer inanity of Favre telling the press about a closed door meeting that he held less than a week after returning to the team because he got mad at a teammate because they talked to the press, it's worth noting that, according to PFT's Mike Florio , some folks think that the leak is Sage Rosenfels.

It is a logical choice, considering that Rosenfels likely hates his life more than when he was doing his helicopter impersonation in Houston -- at least there he had an opportunity to take snaps if Matt Schaub went down. Now, he's stuck as the third string (or second, depending on whether or not ESPN needs to manufacture news about Favre retiring to get him attention) on a football team that's in Minnesota.

Logically then (also helpful, via Florio's investigative work: Coles has covered/interviewed Rosenfels closely for a few years now), his leakiness is designed to eventually get him off the Vikings roster. But if that's true, and if I were him, I wouldn't even bother being anonymous.

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 5:00 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 7:47 pm
 

Favre is in Minnesota, watch him drive

Posted by Will Brinson

So, Brett Favre is in Minnesota now. That whole "on a plane" "heading north" thing wasn't a hoax. Neither was the Flight Tracker.

This is REAL, PEOPLE. And you can watch it. No, seriously, you can watch it live on ABC 5 in the Twin Cities.

Let me warn you, though. If you tune into this, you will be a) bored by watching a black SUV drive down the highway slightly faster than OJ, b) angry that this guy keeps hijacking our lives every season, c) eventually even angrier that people pretended his retirement was somehow real, and d) eventually resigned that this will happen again next season with similar results.

Either way, if you're at an office and can't watch ESPN News (where Favre is also being tracked live), you can do so at that link. Or you could do the more entertaining thing and listen to what our own Pete Prisco has to say. We recommend the latter.



By the by, if this is somehow the most awesome hoax of all-time and Favre is just pulling a prank on everyone and about to drop his pants on the ground at the microphone before retiring, well, we'll be pretty thrilled.


UPDATE: The Vikings are expected to officially announce Favre's status for 2010 in a press conference Wednesday.
Posted on: August 17, 2010 2:54 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 3:00 pm
 

Report: Favre on plane, heading north, 'back in'

Posted by Will Brinson

Brett Favre is reportedly on an airplane and headed to (presumably) Minnesota -- NFL Network's Scott Hanson reported on Twitter that Favre "is on a jet heading north."

We earlier mentioned the report that Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell and Steve Hutchinson (three of Favre's best friends on the Vikings) were in Minnesota visiting Favre and urging him to either a) return to the team or b) just make up his freaking mind about playing in 2011.

It would seem , at least based on Hanson's report, that the trio of ambassadors were successful in convincing Favre to return. (Or fly to Minnesota just to announce that he WON'T return, which given Favre's history, is totally within the realm of possibility.)

Either that or we have a very awkward and very public case of kidnapping on our hands.

It's worth noting too that Favre must really be getting old, because he's losing his touch on dragging out his press coverage -- a younger gunslinger would have let the story about the Vikings football-style intervention marinate in the press for a few hours before generating a new story.

Update (2:57): Bob Holtzman, who has likely been living in a tent at the Haittesburg airport for the past three months, reports that Favre "boarded a plane" about "40 minutes ago" ... that plane is indeed headed to Minneapolis.

Update (2:59): Jay Glazer tweets that Favre told the trio of visitors that he is "back in."

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Posted on: August 17, 2010 1:42 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 2:55 pm
 

Report: Longwell, Hutchinson, Allen visit Favre

Posted by Will Brinson

UPDATE (2:50): Favre is reportedly on an airplane heading "north," which we presume means he's going to Minnesota.

In a story that's sure to crash the Star-Tribune 's website (again), "Access Vikings" writer and Brett Favre expert Judd Zulgad is reporting that Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson and Ryan Longwell were all absent from Minnesota's practice today.

The reason? They're believed to be in Mississippi visiting Favre and urging him to come back to the team -- or at least give the Vikes the answer that Allen recently requested from the quarterback.

None of the trio has dealt with injuries thus far in training camp, so there's no plausible alibi on that end, and Zulgad's sources confirm that the three members of the Vikings weren't at the team's morning meetings either.

There's been a pungent air of desperation regarding Favre's return in Minnesota since he announced his re-retirement recently , but Brad Childress, the team and the front office have gone out of their way to make it clear that they're fine whatever he decides.

If they've really sent a entourage of Favre's closest friends down to his home in order to convince him to return, the thin veil of confidence in Tavaris Jackson has officially been lifted.

There's also the possibility that they just want an answer other than "maybe" -- in which case the Vikings can resume pretending that Jackson can help them contend for the division and make a run at the Super Bowl.

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Posted on: August 12, 2010 6:37 pm
Edited on: August 12, 2010 6:39 pm
 

Allen: 'In fairness for us' Favre needs to decide

Posted by Will Brinson

Jared Allen welcomed ESPN's Chris Mortensen into his own RV bus (spoiler: it's freaking awesome) on Thursday, in a segment that aired on Sportscenter . He also talked with Mort about Brett Favre and the looming in decision that will either give Tavaris Jackson a starting job or not.

"I do hope Brett comes back," Allen said. "But at this point, we're pushing towards the preseason, so a decision has to be made pretty quickly here. And just in fairness for us, for our team, for Tavaris, if Brett's gonna come back, we're done with camp, let's move forward. If not, we need a formal 'no' that way Tavaris has the opportunity to take this team over as his own, once that third preseason game comes. Because, as vets, that's kind of our earmark of 'we're ready to rock and roll."

Brad Childress' response was a little different, as he continued to not-so-directly point out that he would really, really like Favre to play.

"I stayed away from any artificial deadlines," said Brad Childress. "We're good with it if he plays. We're good with it if he doesn't play."

Childress, obviously, doesn't want to pressure Favre -- his job is a lot more dependent on No. 4 than Allen's is. But Allen makes a good point -- and presumably the other Vikings players are on board with his idea -- in that it's NOT fair for Favre to just sit back and wait and wait and wait some more before making a decision.

He can easily jump back into the offense and just do what he does -- Jackson's transition to a starting role is a much more difficult one, and he needs all the time he can to prepare.

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Posted on: August 7, 2010 7:44 pm
 

Favre's ankle 'still gives him pain'

Posted by Will Brinson

The football world is tuned into soon-to-be current Hall of Famers this evening, with Emmitt Smith and Jerry Rice joining the enshrined at Canton.

But a certain future HoF'er wants you to know he's out there, and his ankle is still not in perfect shape. That can be the only reason why Brett Favre texted Steve Mariucci (via our buddy Gregg Rosenthal at PFT ) about it. Either that or Mooch just cashed in a favor so he could bring the exclusive news on the NFL Network's pre-Canton showing.

His arm feels great," Mariucci said. "His conditioning is good but he hasn't run much without pain in his ankle. It [his ankle] still gives him pain and it needs to be better before he reports."

The cynical blogger would respond to this by saying, "Don't wear your Crocs so much, Brett!"

However, the real football reporter (like me!) would point out that this is no surprise -- Favre isn't going to make a decision until the latest possible date available to him, and since that date is not today, there's no reason to think that he'll state his ankle is in "great shape!"

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