Favre says no decision yet

Brett Favre said he had not sent messages to teammates indicating his playing future. (REUTERS/Tom...

Brett Favre said he had not sent messages to teammates indicating his playing future. (REUTERS/Tom Olmscheid)

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HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Brett Favre has not yet decided if he will play the upcoming season for the Minnesota Vikings and on Wednesday denied sending messages to teammates that he will call it quits.

According to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune and ESPN, Favre said the ankle injury that required surgery in May will determine if he is able to return for a 20th NFL season and second as quarterback of the Vikings.

Reports from the Star-Tribune on Tuesday said Favre had begun telling Vikings personnel, including teammates, that he would not play in 2010. Vikings head coach Brad Childress then dismissed the reports on Tuesday, saying he hadn't heard directly from Favre on the subject, and reporters caught up with Favre on Wednesday at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg.

As Favre was trying to leave in his vehicle, he briefly spoke to ESPN and others. He said he had not sent messages to teammates indicating his playing future, and did not elaborate on when a decision might come.

After the reports surfaced Tuesday, another story from the Star-Tribune on Wednesday said the Vikings were willing to offer Favre a pay increase to continue playing.

Favre has one year left on his contract at a reported $13 million, but the Vikings are apparently set to make it $16 million in salary with another $4 million available through incentives.

It was thought that Favre would return sometime during, or after, training camp. However, throughout the summer Favre has insisted that he hadn't yet made a decision on his playing future while he continued to recover from the ankle surgery.

In May, Favre confirmed he had a procedure to remove scar tissue and bone spurs from his injured left ankle. He was knocked around during last season's NFC Championship Game loss to New Orleans, needing help to leave the field at one point during the contest.

Favre has already retired twice -- after the 2007 season with Green Bay and following the 2008 campaign with the Jets. Last summer, Favre underwent surgery for a partially torn biceps tendon, then on August 18 decided to come back and play for Minnesota.

The 2009 season was one of the best in Favre's brilliant career. He threw for 4,202 yards with 33 touchdowns and just seven interceptions. His quarterback rating of 107.2 was second only to New Orleans' Drew Brees.


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