Here we go, again.
Brett Favre is either retiring or he has come up with another way to avoid training camp without appearing to be too much of a prima donna.
The latest, from an e-mail exchange between the 41-year-old quarterback and ESPN’s Ed Werder, has Favre revealing he will need surgery on the left ankle he injured in last year’s NFC Championship Game or he will retire.
Stop if you’ve heard this before. Change ankle for biceps tendon and we’re back to this time last season.
No one is denying the ankle needs surgery.
Favre used his own website later Friday afternoon to clarify that the surgery is minor and in no way by itself will determine whether he plays or not.
But rest assured, if he does play, it will be at least 21/2 weeks into August before Favre is ready to report to the Vikings.
Last season, it was the biceps tendon injury, legitimized by a consultation with sports doctor to the super elite, Dr. James Andrews.
Eventually, Favre agreed to have the surgery, but not before he took time to weigh the benefits of retirement.
That killed about a month and then came the surgery.
What followed was a lengthy rehab period with Favre working out on his own to ensure the arm was fully healed. That lasted, conveniently, until the Vikings training camp had ended and the first pre-season game was in the books.
Only then did Favre make his well-documented arrival in Minnesota.
Will it be any different this time around? Unlikely.
Again Favre has sought out a consultation with Andrews. This time around it’s an ankle injury left over from the NFC Championship loss to the Saints. Favre said the ankle was hurt going into that game, but took a further beating. Again, the injury is legit. It’s how Favre drags out the drama that surrounds it that is getting old.
Chances are he’ll spend the next month or so considering retirement. He’ll then undergo surgery, but remain undecided about retirement.
The Vikings will get through another training camp without Favre and then he’ll ride in on his white horse and announce he’s back for one more year sometime around Aug. 18.
Favre is, without question, one of the greatest quarterbacks the NFL has ever had. He’s a throwback to the gunslingers of NFL’s past. He’s good for the game.
Having said all that, we just wish he would cease and desist with all the dramatics.
It’s not fair to the Vikings organization. It’s not fair to the quarterbacks on the roster. It’s not even fair to the fans if they’re put through this whole will-he-or-won’t-he debate.
It cheapens a Hall-of-Fame career.
NIX THE QB TALK
Buddy Nix has what he considers a rational explanation for not drafting a quarterback this year. Those who have seen the three quarterbacks in the Bills employ — Trent Edwards, Ryan Fitzpatrick and Brian Brohm, not to mention recently drafted Levi Brown, might beg to differ.
Nix’s explanation: “Here’s the way we looked at it,” Nix told XX 1090, via BuffaloBills.com. “We’ve got guys physically that can do anything as well as anybody in the draft physically. Throw the ball well, make all the throws, mobile, can move around and are smart. We’ve got guys like that. Now obviously they’ve been kind of inconsistent and up and down, but there are a lot of reasons for that.”
Basically Nix is asking you to trust him that what he has is better than what he would get in this year’s draft — and that he’s sitting in the weeds getting ready to pounce on one of Washington’s Jake Locker, Stanford’s Andrew Luck, or Arkansas’ Ryan Mallett in next year’s draft.
AT THE HALF
Santonio Holmes isn’t doing himself any favours. Already suspended for the first four games of the NFL season with the New York Jets, Holmes on Thursday night got himself in more trouble on a flight from Newark to Pittsburgh. Apparently he didn’t want to turn off his iPod. Once off the plane, Pittsburgh police had a little talk with him informing Holmes that even NFL players have to comply with the same rules every other passenger does ... Jets running back Joe McKnight has to be hoping first impressions in Jets mini-camp aren’t lasting impressions. According to various tweets from the Jets’ first day of mini-camp, the rookie back had the dropsies, not to mention a handful of brain cramps on Day 1. He was also cramping up and reportedly left his breakfast all over the field at one point.
FOURTH AND INCHES
Reports of JaMarcus Russell’s imminent departure from Oakland appear to have been premature. Russell not only practised with the team during minicamp on Friday, onlookers swore up and down that he looked as fit as he ever has been since joining the Raiders. The prevailing wisdom had the Raiders cutting Russell and trying to recoup as much of his remaining salary as they could ... Carolina Panthers QB Jimmy Clausen wasn’t allowed to arrive at minicamp empty handed. A text from WR Steve Smith all but demanded that the California rook bring some Cactus Cooler sodas with him. That particular brand of soda is available only in California and Arizona. Clausen wisely complied with the request ... WR Patrick Crayton, in a misguided attempt to get dealt to another team or released from the Cowboys, shut it down on Friday during workouts. Seems he believes the writing is on the wall for him with the addition of first-round pick Dez Bryant to the fold ... In another development at Dallas’ mini-camp, the starting running back was Felix Jones, not Marion Barber.