According to a report by ESPN’s Ed Werder, Vikings QB Brett Favre will need to have surgery on his left ankle, which was injured in the NFC Championship Game loss to the Saints, if he hopes to return to the Vikings in 2010.
“We have spoken,” Favre said in an e-mail to Werder. “To play again, I would need the surgery, as I suspected. This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff. One year truly felt like 10 — much like Green Bay for many years. That’s what I was missing in my heart I suppose, a since of belonging.”
As Werder points out in his story, this is somewhat similar to Favre’s situation last offseason in that he needed to have a procedure done on his throwing shoulder, which troubled him for much of his time with the New York Jets in 2008, before playing again. As we all know, Favre had said procedure, signed with Minnesota, and went on to have one of his best seasons of his career.
I’m sure this isn’t the last we’ll hear of the situation in the weeks and months ahead.
UPDATE – Favre has updated his official website with this addition of a statement from Favre himself:
I want to add to the information provided in the article that was published this morning on ESPN’s website. Given the reaction to the article, and the typical conclusion jumping, I thought I’d clarify a few things.
While my ankle has been bothering me, the injury is not debilitating. For example, I’m able to work around my property without any problems. Sure – certain exercises cause some ankle pain, but it’s nothing that I haven’t experienced (or played with) before. In fact, many people don’t realize that I injured my ankle before the NFC Championship game. I’ve had surgery on this ankle twice before, and I’ve played with the pain before. The hits I took throughout the 2009 season, including the Saints game, just added to the ankle pain and likely caused some bone spurs.
I don’t believe major surgery on the ankle would be required for me to return in 2010. I’ve consulted with Dr. Andrews on the phone, and a relatively minor procedure could be done to improve the dexterity of the ankle, and to relieve the pain. I’ve put up with pain worse than this in my career, and I didn’t want anyone to assume that the possibility of surgery was the sole factor that would determine whether I return or not. Some people reacting to the ESPN story have made this assumption. I don’t blame them for doing so, given that the term “surgery” often covers a variety of procedures, some more complex than others.
The ankle pain is a factor, but one of many factors that I’ll need to consider in making my decision. Other factors include the input of my family, and the wonderful experience that I had last year with the Vikings.
– Brett Favre
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