Tag:Brett Favre
Posted on: October 9, 2010 3:40 pm

Favre has tendinitis in his throwing elbow

B. Favre is now battling tendinitis in his throwing elbow (Getty). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

OK, so Brett Favre has been accused of sending a former Jets employee lewd pictures and made multiple phone calls in an effort to coerce her to his hotel room. OK, so Favre has been accused by two former massage therapists of inappropriate behavior. OK, so Favre is now being investigated by the NFL.

And now comes the news that Favre has tendinitis in his throwing elbow (if you look at the photo to the right, you can see the ice pack on his right arm). An MRI taken this week, writes the Minneapolis Star Tribune, showed inflammation.

Suffice to say, it has not been a great week for the Vikings QB.

"It was not an issue before we went on the bye and we worked pretty good on Monday and Tuesday out here," Childress told reporters today. "It flares up every now and then. [The] MRI just says he has a little inflammation. You manage it and you kind of let his body talk to him and he takes turns that he needs (to) take on specific plays that he needs to take them on. It's not a lot different than last year. Tarvaris [Jackson] probably had more practice time last year than most No. 2 quarterbacks.”

And as far as the allegations that Favre enjoys flirting with women who are not his wife, Childress said it has not been a big issue in the locker room.

"It's not a distraction to us at all," Childress said. "We just don't let it be. We address it, we talk about it and we're done with it. I haven't heard anything. I don't know anything about (the NFL investigation)."

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Posted on: October 8, 2010 7:12 pm

It's getting worse for Favre

Posted by Andy Benoit

The Brett Favre-Jenn Sterger story isn’t going away. Not only did the NFL admit Friday that it is looking into the matter, but two more women who worked for the Jets have come forward with complaints about the legendary quarterback. And, unfortunately for Favre, the non-mainstream sports website Deadspin is once again breaking the news.

Here’s an excerpt:

The woman (who wishes to remain anonymous for now — we'll call her "Mandy") worked as a massage therapist for the team for a couple years, but she says never had an incident with a player until No. 4 showed up at training camp at Hofstra University, where the Jets still worked out in 2008. "He was on the table next to mine," she tells me. "He was looking at my ass the whole time while I worked on another player. He was ... ogling me."

The woman who was massaging Brett that day (massage therapist No. 2, or "Lindsay") exchanged numbers with him. (Mandy claims it's common for players to take the numbers of team-contracted massage therapists should they need additional rubdowns off campus. Yeah, I know. Please don't.)

Lindsay received a text message from Favre, according to Mandy. Lindsay assumed it was for a massage but quickly realized Brett was asking for more. He invited both Lindsay and Mandy back to his hotel room. Mandy claims that the texts became increasingly inappropriate ("just nasty stuff"), but she adds that Brett did apologize when he found out she was married.

This apology over text, however, wasn't enough for Mandy's husband. We'll call him "John".

"I called him on his phone and told him I wanted an apology. He acted all arrogant. He refused to apologize," John tells me in a phone conversation.

Mandy and John say they approached attorneys about the situation but were told that because Mandy was a private contractor, there were no grounds for a harassment case. They didn't pursue anything.

The massage therapists have since changed their mind given the recent events. They are not ready to reveal their names, but they want to talk to the NFL and the Jets.

Oh, and did we mention that both women have saved some of the texts?

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 5:28 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2010 5:41 pm

Report: Vikes restructure Moss' contract language

Posted by Will Brinson

Randy Moss didn't address his contract situation (this is the last year of his deal) during his first press conference as a Viking on Thursday, but he and the Vikings have reportedly restructured his contract in order to guarantee that the team won't put the franchise tag on him after 2010.

"I think everything will work itself out," Moss said during the presser. "If I'm going to be here next year as a Viking, then that's what it's going to be -- if I'm not, then I'm not."

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that there is "no new money" for Moss under the restructured deal, but Minnesota has included language that will keep the team from franchising Moss, thereby making him an unrestricted free agent following the season.

An additional report from Judd Zulgad of the Minnesota Star-Tribune indicates that there are "no indications" that the Vikings and Moss are working on an extension.

Two things stand out on this -- first, that if there is hope for an extension with Moss, the Vikings are doing what legal folk would call  "negotiating in good faith," which means exactly what you think it would.

Secondly, there's no guarantee that Brett Favre is going to be a Viking in 2011 (obviously, but, hey, there's definitely a chance) and there's no reason to think that anyone involved would want to deal with Moss were he in a situation where he was suddenly on the receiving end of Tavaris Jackson passes ... unless Moss had a longer deal already secured.

Additionally, getting the franchise tag possibility out of the way lets Moss and the rest of the team "go out and play football" or whatever typical NFL cliche you prefer.

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 4:41 pm

Moss answers questions at presser

B. Favre throws to R. Moss in Minnesota's practice today (AP). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Randy Moss was happy to be home. That’s the way he characterized the past few days, going from a zero-catch performance with the Patriots against the Dolphins to the trade Wednesday that sent him from New England to the Vikings, the team that originally drafted him.

Moss is home again, and that makes him happy. That much was clear.

“I’m very fortunate to be back home where it all started,” Moss said during his introductory news conference this afternoon. “It’s been a hectic last 48 hours. I didn’t really know what to expect. But back home. It kind of feels weird knowing I was just in New England, trying to make things happen and just overnight get traded back home. I thought about this time and time again about how things would play out. Is the love still here for me in Minnesota? All I’ve been seeing is nothing bout positive.”

The news reports the past few days haven’t been quite so cheery. We’ve documented how Moss apparently had a heated exchange with New England quarterback coach Bill O’Brien at halftime of the Miami game and about how he apparently snubbed coach Bill Belichick and other teammates on the flight home (Belichick came out strongly today and said those remarks, made by former New England WR Troy Brown, were completely inaccurate).

We’ve seen on TV the old highlights of Moss walking off the field before Vikings games were over and him pretending to moon the crowd at Lambeau Field. We’ve read about the controversy Moss has generated throughout his career – in Minnesota, in Oakland and now in New England.

Moss wasn’t interested in discussing it during his news conference this afternoon, saying “I need the next question, next question, next question.”

Instead, Moss was more content to talk about what it will be like finally to play with QB Brett Favre.

“Me and Brett have a long history with one another,” Moss said. “When we started, we were playing against each other. His agent and I had a very strong relationship. All along, he just wanted to see if Brett and I could hook up one day. I’m a little older and he’s a little older; we don’t have that far of a window. The opportunity is closing. We have to take it one game at a time. I know I’m coming in a little late, but hopefully we can get the timing down and carry it over into the game.”

One of the next big questions in Moss’ career will be what happens with the new contract he’s been wanting. Will the Vikings give him what he wants? Or will they treat him as a 13-game rental as they try to get to the Super Bowl in what should be Favre’s final year?

“I don’t really want to get into contracts,” Moss said. “Things in New England didn’t go according to plan. I’m here now. I think everything will work itself out. If I’m going to be here next year as a Viking, that’s what it’ll be. If I’m not, I’m not. Right now I have a job to do, and that’s football.”

And then referring to the old Lake Minnetonka/Vikings scandal from 2005, Moss chose to end the show like this after talking briefly about his controversies, “What if I had been on that boat? There were really would have been some problems.”

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 3:07 pm
Edited on: October 7, 2010 4:08 pm

Website shows XXX rated view of Favre

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Brett Favre will not be happy to see this today.

Deadspin.com is airing a video that showcases Favre’s alleged attempts to make contact with former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger.

In the two-minute, 14-second video on the site, the clip tells the apparent storyline of Favre trying to convince Sterger to visit him in his hotel room, beginning with messages sent to her MySpace page. There are also two voicemails apparently left by Favre on Sterger’s cell phone and three different shots of what the website says could be Favre’s penis – which also was sent to Sterger’s phone.

The website also claims a member of the Jets organization tried to help set up the encounters between Favre and Sterger. 

We’re not embedding the video on CBSSports.com, because it’s extremely Not Safe For Work.

Again, the video at this link is NOT SAFE FOR WORK/NOT APPROPRIATE FOR THOSE UNDER 18 because the video shows explicit shots of what apparently is Favre’s penis.

Now that you’ve been warned, here you go.

UPDATE (4:01 p.m.): In the next to last question asked at his news conference late this afternoon, a reporter asked if Favre would comment on the video.

“No. I’m not getting into that," he said. "I have my hands full with the Jets and trying to get some timing down with our guys. That’s all I’m going to discuss."

Kudos to the New York Post's Brian Costello for asking Favre the question.

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Posted on: October 7, 2010 12:18 am

Favre, Childress getting icy again?

Posted by Andy BenoitB. Favre (US Presswire)

It’s always interesting when sources talk to Yahoo! Sports. Especially when those sources talk about a coach. Yahoo! Sports has given us the Tom Cable punching Randy Hanson story, the Jimmy Raye can’t call plays story and the Childress Favre drama stories.

Speaking of…

Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports has another installment in the Childress Favre drama genre. Take a look at what he wrote Wednesday:

Locker-room sources say the frost between Childress and Favre is palpable right now, a bad situation obviously exacerbated by the Vikings’ disappointing 1-2 start. The surprising trade that brings (Randy) Moss back to Minneapolis, on the heels of a failed attempt to land disgruntled San Diego Chargers wideout Vincent Jackson, is a last-ditch effort to salvage an increasingly volatile situation – one which could take down virtually all of the leading figures if things break the wrong way.

An anonymous Viking player told Silver, “I think it’s all or nothing. It’s either the missing piece and we go all the way, or Moss takes on Chilly and this thing blows up by the end of October. There’s no C grade on this one. It’ll either be an A or an F.”

That’s been the mantra for the entire season (all or nothing is implied when you talk a 40-year-old quarterback out of retirement). No matter what happens, it will make for compelling viewing.

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Posted on: October 6, 2010 8:56 am
Edited on: October 6, 2010 9:23 am

Moss deal is complete

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Randy Moss trade is done.

First reported about 8:50 a.m. by ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Randy Moss trade from New England to Minnesota is official. The Patriots compensation will be the Vikings third-round pick in the 2011 Draft, and Moss will head to Minnesota without a new contract in place.

Much more to come. Come back to the blog early and often for all your Moss-centric info.

UPDATE (9:18 a.m.):
This has been a weird year for Randy Moss – and for the reporters who have to follow the Randy Moss saga.

After making five catches for 59 yards in Week 1 against Cincinnati, Moss walked into his postgame news conference and let loose – a rarity for Moss when he’s dealing with reporters. He said he wanted a new contract, and considering he’s in the final year of his deal, he was disappointed he hadn’t received one yet. He said he was making an issue of it at that point, because he wanted to get it off his chest.

He said he wanted to retire a Patriot, but he also predicted that 2010 would be his last season in New England. After a nice win, Moss’ presser seemed a touch inappropriate.

No matter.

After the NFL world was reminded before New England’s game vs. the Jets in Week 2 that New York CB Darrelle Revis had called Moss a slouch, Moss only had two catches for 38 yards. Of course, one of those receptions was a brilliant one-handed grab that beat Revis for a TD (it’s worth noting that we haven’t seen Revis in a game since).

The weirdness came to a climax Monday when Moss didn’t record a single catch in New England’s Monday Night blowout of the Dolphins – he was targeted just once. After the game, he said his zero-catch night was part of the gameplan. That also seemed odd.

Two days later, Moss is headed back to the team which drafted him 1998 to play with Brett Favre, Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin.

Oh, and there’s this: the strangeness will continue Monday night when Moss faces the Jets for the second time in three weeks and will continue on Halloween when Moss and the Vikings travel to … yep, you guessed it … New England.

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Posted on: October 4, 2010 11:39 pm
Edited on: October 4, 2010 11:44 pm

Brady reaches century mark

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Can we know what would have happened if Drew Bledsoe wouldn’t have been knocked out of a game by the Jets' Mo Lewis, allowing Tom Brady to replace him on Sept. 23, 2001? Would Brady even be in this position?

Remember, Bledsoe was in the first year of his $103 million contract, and he was one of the league’s best quarterbacks at the time of his injury. In the fourth quarter of that game vs. the Jets, Bledsoe was hit hard by Lewis and he sustained a chest injury. Brady, a sixth-round pick who struggled for playing time in college, came in to replace him, and that was end of Bledsoe in New England (minus an important stint in the AFC championship game that year).

After tonight’s 41-14 win against Miami, Brady showed how almost impossibly effective he’s been leading the Patriots ever since. It’s his 100th win in New England, and he becomes only the 22nd QB to accomplish such a feat. And considering it’s his 131st start, that’s the fastest of anybody who began their career in the Super Bowl era.

For what it’s worth, Joe Montana got his 100th win in his 139th game, Brett Favre in his 153rd and Peyton Manning in his 154th.

“I got a great team and a great organization," Brady said on ESPN after the game. "I’m truly priviledged to play for this team. I hope there are a lot of wins left."

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