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Updated: April 30th, 2010 10:08am
Report: Brett Favre needs ankle surgery, debating his future

Report: Brett Favre needs ankle surgery, debating his future

by Tom Pelissero
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Brett Favre's latest will-he-or-won't-he saga has taken a turn -- albeit one we could see coming from about 1,100 miles away.

According to ESPN's Ed Werder, the Minnesota Vikings' veteran quarterback would need ankle surgery to return for a 20th NFL season and is debating whether to have it or end his career. Presumably for good this time.

"This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff," Favre told Werder in an e-mail. "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 (sense) of belonging."

Favre has had multiple ankle surgeries in the past, and his left ankle was a mess after January's NFC championship game. According to Werder's report, the ankle "continues to be swollen and painful" more than three months later, prompting Favre to undergo tests and submit the results to renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews, who told him surgery was unavoidable.

It's worth remembering that, when he announced his retirement from the New York Jets in February 2009, Favre cited his unwillingness to have shoulder surgery as evidence it was for real this time. He ultimately had the surgery and signed with the Vikings after skipping training camp.

Bottom line: Brett Favre hasn't felt like playing football in April for years. The guess here is he'll have the surgery next month, then take his time giving the Vikings a decision during his recovery before joining the team in mid-August.


Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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