Not even a full day into his return to Minnesota from Mississippi, Vikings QB Brett Favre was on the practice fields at Winter Park working with his teammates. The team worked for approximately 2 hours under cloudy skies and cool conditions and then both Favre and Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress met with reporters in the Winter Park field house.
We won’t go into too much detail about what was said during the press conferences because you will be able to watch them in on-demand format soon right here on vikings.com. But here are a few highlights…
– The biggest talking point to come out of the press conferences might be the fact that Favre declared the 2010 season, his 20th in the NFL, will be his last. Of course we’ve heard Favre say this in the past only to return for another season, but the sense I got is that this truly will be his final year. Childress was asked if he believed this would be the QBs last year and the head coach agreed that it would be.
– Favre described the decision of whether or not to come back for the 2010 season as tough and said he can make a case either way. He cited his relationship with his teammates as a major factor in deciding to return. The QB went on to say that his teammates know “he’s got their back” and he thinks his teammates have his back, too.
– A biceps injury hindered Favre at the end of the 2008 season, when he was with the New York Jets. Offseason surgery fixed the issue and Favre said on Wednesday that his arm felt like it was 21 years old again during the 2009 season. But Favre described his ankle surgery quite differently, saying he thought it would’ve felt better than it does. Ultimately, though, Favre said that nothing on his body is 100% but he has nothing to complain about after starting 309 straight regular season and postseason games.
– Favre said the mental toll from 19 complete seasons in the NFL is as tough to deal with as the physical toll.
– Favre said he would like to play on Sunday night against the San Francisco 49ers, but Childress hasn’t decided whether or not that will happen. Asked how the QB looked in his 1st practice back with the team, Childress said Favre looked comfortable.
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QB Brett Favre will be on the field Wednesday practicing with his teammates. Practice is scheduled to begin around 11:40 a.m. and should last for approximately 2 hours.
Both Favre and Head Coach Brad Childress will hold press conferences after practice and they’ll be streamed live on vikings.com.
Also, be sure to check out vikings.com during practice because we’ll post a photo gallery.
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QB Brett Favre has re-joined his teammates at Winter Park in Eden Prairie, but there are still a few hoops to jump through before the future Hall of Famer is officially back in the fold and ready to go. So what’s next? Let’s take a quick look at how things should unfold on Wednesday…
The remaining hoops to jump through likely include contract details, roster maintenance and a physical. Once those issues are addressed and if there are no unexpected developments, Favre could potentially participate in his 1st practice of the 2010 season. The Vikings are scheduled to practice for 2 hours late Wednesday morning and it wouldn’t be shocking to see #4 out with his teammates.
Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress will meet with reporters following practice; that press conference will be streamed live on vikings.com. If Favre is able to participate in practice on Wednesday, he might also meet with reporters. The Vikings issued a press release late Tuesday notifying the media of Childress’ availability following practice and also stating that Favre’s availability was TBD. It’ll be interesting to hear what Childress – and potentially Favre – have to say about Tuesday’s developments, from the idea of sending 3 veteran players down to Mississippi to what finally factored into the QB’s decision to decide.
After all of that, it’ll be business as usual for Favre and the Vikings as the team will continue preparations for Sunday night’s preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers. Another burning question today will be about Favre’s status for Sunday night. Will he play? We’ll hear officially from Childress later today, but my guess is that he’ll suit up and play a series before giving way to Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels and potentially Joe Webb.
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