Who does Favre throw to?

RYAN WOLSTAT, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:30 PM ET

Brett Favre is running out of targets.

With the status of 2009 offensive rookie of the year Percy Harvin already very much up in the air due to severe migraine headache problems, Minnesota’s receiving corps suffered another severe blow Tuesday when it was revealed star wideout Sidney Rice will miss half the season.

Rice went under the knife for hip surgery Monday after missing training camp due to the injury he suffered in Minnesota’s NFC Championship game loss to the New Orleans Saints.

Favre injured his ankle in that game, but has been able to get back on the field.

In 2009, Pro Bowler Rice joined Randy Moss and Cris Carter as the only Vikings to ever manage 80 catches and 1,300 receiving yards in a single season.

He had eight touchdowns in the regular season and four more in the playoffs.

Harvin was taken to hospital last week due to his recurring issues.

The club has added Javon Walker, a Pro Bowl Favre target in Green Bay back in 2004.

Walker’s best days are well behind him and he is hampered by knee troubles, but 20 of his 31 career touchdowns have been thrown by Favre. Expect receiver Bernard Berrian to be extremely busy for the first few months of the season.

CHAN WITH THE BAN

New Buffalo head coach Chan Gailey does not seem prepared to let fans heckle his players.

After a group of teenagers mocked presumed starting quarterback Trent Edwards, telling him he’d lose his job to Brian Brohm and that his hair cut was a bad look, Gailey gave them a piece of his mind.

“If you dog one of us, you dog all of us,” Gailey reportedly said before telling the Bills not to sign autographs for anyone in the vicinity of the hecklers.

“I just explained to them why the players wouldn’t be over there to sign some autographs for them,” Gailey said on bills.com. “They said some things during practice that were derogatory to a couple of our players. And if you say something derogatory to one of us you say it to all of us, so I told them not to sign for that group.”

EAGLE DROPPINGS

Former Philadelphia Eagle Donovan McNabb, who is not expected to be able to play this weekend for the Washington Redskins due to an ankle injury, had some harsh things to say about his former team in GQ magazine.

“They’ll say something to you in the building, but not publicly. My feeling was, ‘I’m out here getting cut up, where are you? I’m always defending and helping you guys, but where’s that support?” McNabb said of the constant public criticism he received during his 11 years with the franchise.

SECOND AND SHORT

According to the Dallas Morning News, the Jets and star cornerback Darrelle Revis are close to a deal on a new contract. The report indicates an agreement could come later this week ... No. 1 overall pick Sam Bradford got the bulk of the attention heading into the NFL draft, but fellow signal-callers Colt McCoy and Jimmy Clausen got their share of ink as well. Bradford’s doing fine in St. Louis, but things aren’t as rosy for the other two. McCoy has played poorly, completing 5-of-12 passes for 25 yards, two sacks and two interceptions and the word is the Cleveland Browns are strongly considering cutting the third-round pick loose. More likely, the team is just sending McCoy a very strong message: Shape up. Meanwhile, the Carolina Panthers’ Clausen has a toe injury that he says might nag him all season as it did a year ago in college ... The Jets have signed centre Nick Mangold to a deal that includes $22.5 million US fully guaranteed for injury. There are, however, skill guarantees built into the deal ... The Broncos are getting healthier. Pro Bowl tackle Ryan Clady returns to practice Wednesday as well as running back LenDale White. A host of other players, including Champ Bailey and Correll Buckhalter returned Tuesday. The Broncos surprisingly cut linebacker Akin Ayodele, a starter in two pre-season games, apparently without much in the way of an explanation to Ayodele ... Houston kick returner Trindon Holliday, the smallest player — at 5-foot-5 — in the draft, will miss the season due to torn ligaments in his thumb ... Don’t expect Kurt Warner to bail out the Arizona Cardinals. “I am not coming back,” Warner said via Twitter. Derek Anderson and Matt Leinart have been unimpressive trying to replace the very much retired quarterback ... Eli Manning will return to action after missing the Giants’ previous game. No surprise for the durable warrior who wanted to play with his head split open last week ...

ryan.wolstat@sunmedia.ca


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