Report: Favre Has Surgery On Left Ankle

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on May 21, 2010 – 5:25 pm

According to a report by ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Vikings QB Brett Favre underwent surgery on his left ankle earlier today at the Andrews Clinic in Gulf Breeze, Fla.  Renowned orthopedic specialist Dr. James Andrews performed the procedure on the ankle which was injured during the Vikings NFC Championship game loss to the New Orleans Saints last January.

Per the report, Favre had scar tissue and other elements of the joint cleaned up to give him a better range of motion.  The report also states that the rehab time is estimated to be four-to-six weeks.

Favre told ESPN’s Ed Werder in late April that if he were to return to the Vikings in 2010, he would need to have this procedure done, so this certainly bodes well for fans wanting to see No. 4 in purple again this fall.

UPDATE – Favre confirmed the news on his website tonight:

This is to confirm that I did have a procedure to remove some scar tissue and bone spurs from my ankle which had been bothering me for a period of time. I appreciate your concerns.

— Brett Favre

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Video: Paul Allen Talks With Frazier, Robison, and Webb

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on May 21, 2010 – 3:17 pm

KFAN’s Paul Allen, who of course is also the voice of the Vikings, was recently at Winter Park and caught up with Defensive Coordinator and Assistant Head Coach Leslie Frazer, DE Brian Robison and rookie QB Joe Webb.  Allen chatted with each for several minutes as the trio is participating in Organized Team Activities, which concluded for this week on Friday.

Click the links below to watch each interview:

Leslie Frazier

Brian Robison

Joe Webb

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Offense Exclusive OTA Observations

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 21, 2010 – 1:23 pm

The Vikings wrapped up their 1st set of Organized Team Activities (OTAs) with another 90-minute workout at Winter Park on Friday. After 3 consecutive days of ideal weather this week, the Vikings were forced inside for OTA #4 because of rain earlier in the morning.

We often times make mention of the weather conditions when reporting on OTAs and I’m sure often times that information is overlooked. But the weather is actually an important factor in these practices. Coaches prefer to be outside as opposed to inside the field house because the outdoor practice fields provide more space. And conditions that include calm winds and moderate-to-warm temperatures are ideal because it makes communication much easier. Just as a teacher in a classroom tries to create a productive atmosphere, football coaches thrive in favorable teaching conditions as well.

Anyway, on to the observations from Friday’s practice. On Thursday the observations were exclusive to the defense, so Friday’s OTA observations will be exclusive to the offense.

– The offense was focusing on 3rd down, goal line and red zone scenarios.

– It was interesting to watch the OL work today as they spent time on blocking stunts. OL coaches Pat Morris and Jim Hueber had their group focus not on physically blocking the stunts (remember there is no contact permitted during these OTAs), but rather they had the young linemen learning to see where the stunts were coming from and then how to react to what they saw.

– The play of the day in my eyes came during offense vs. defense red zone work, when WR Jaymar Johnson stretched out to grab a Tarvaris Jackson pass deep in the endzone. After Johnson secured the ball and got both feet in bounds, his momentum carried him further and caused him to crash into the padding the lines the walls of the field house. The throw was perfect from Jackson because it was either going to be caught or fly out of bounds (no chance for an INT) and the catch from Johnson required supreme concentration and body control, especially because it was obvious he was quickly running out of room and would crash into the padded structure.

– We mentioned earlier on Friday that the Vikings added WR Logan Payne to the roster. Payne will wear jersey #84 and TE Mickey Shuler will switch from #84 to jersey #82.

– It was good to see a familiar face as a guest at practice. Former Vikings Head Coach and offensive coordinator Jerry Burns was hanging out on the sidelines during practice and even had a chance to chat with Brad Childress following practice.

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OTA #4 Concludes; Williams Wall Update

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 21, 2010 – 11:08 am

Forced to move indoors because of rain earlier this morning, the Vikings worked for approximately 90 minutes in the Winter Park field house and completed OTA #4. On-field work is done for the week and the team will be back at it with 4 more OTAs next week.

We’ll have a few (offense exclusive) observations from today in a bit, so be sure to stay tuned to for complete OTA coverage of the Purple.

Also, in case you missed it, our buddy Chip Scoggins posted an update on the Williams Wall situation earlier today. Scoggins writes that a Hennepin County judge has ruled that Kevin Williams and Pat Williams will be able to play for the Vikings if they appeal their 4-game suspension, but he also notes that the question now is, how long will the appeals process take? Will it be resolved before the season or drag on for many more months?

OTA #4 observations are coming shortly.

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Vikings Add Former Gophers WR Logan Payne

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 21, 2010 – 9:35 am

The Vikings added former University of Minnesota Golden Gophers WR Logan Payne to their roster. To make room for Payne, the Vikings waived WR Kelton Tindal.

Payne, who measures in at 6-2, 205 pounds, played in 46 career games for the Gophers, catching 97 passes for 1,344 yards and 11 TDs. He went undrafted in 2007 but was signed by the Seattle Seahawks that year. He’s also spent time with the Detroit Lions and Kansas City Chiefs.

OTA #4 is set to begin in a few minutes and I’ll be back this afternoon with offense exclusive observations from today’s action.

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Weather A Factor For OTA #4?

Posted by Mike Wobschall on May 21, 2010 – 6:38 am

It’s early in the morning yet, but it looks like weather will be a factor for the Vikings on Friday as they look to conduct OTA #4. It’s currently raining at Winter Park, which could force the Vikings inside the field house for practice today.

Whether they’re indoors or outdoors, will have coverage of Friday’s OTA.

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