Favre's ankle surgery put on hold

Brett Favre left Green Bay undecided about his future in football and having postponed a scheduled surgery on his ankle, but not before Mike McCarthy and Ted Thompson encouraged the veteran quarterback to return for another season. PackerReport.com's Steve Lawrence offers the details.

If you enjoy trying to read a larger meaning into anything and everything Brett Favre says and does, then this nugget of information is for you: The veteran quarterback left Green Bay for his native Mississippi on Wednesday without having ankle surgery.

Whether that gives a hint on which way Favre is leaning as he ponders his playing future is hard to say. And coach Mike McCarthy, who held his season-ending news conference on Wednesday, wasn't going to say.

"I don't know," McCarthy said. "I thought he was going to get it done Monday, but I guess this is year seven in a row that he has not gone through with it."

Favre was scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle to remove bone spurs.

"He's played with it now for seven years, so it's something that really is a nuisance more than anything," McCarthy said.

Before Favre left town, McCarthy and general manager Ted Thompson made their pitch in hopes of luring the three-time MVP back for a 16th season in Green Bay.

"All the facts are clearly on the table," McCarthy said. "I think he just needs to go away (to make a decision). He has a lot of things going through his head. I'm not going to speak for him, but he's had a very fulfilled career, to use his words, and it's a decision him and Deanna need to sit down and I'm sure they're talking about.

"I would think we'll know soon enough." While McCarthy and Thompson told Favre they want him back, they made no promises in regards to personnel upgrades.

Last season, Thompson added three defensive starters in free agency -- Charles Woodson, Marquand Manuel and Ryan Pickett. The Packers are entering this offseason about $28 million under the salary cap, and McCarthy acknowledged the offense needed more playmakers.

"I'm not going to try to dangle carrots for Brett Favre to come back, and frankly, it's bigger than that," McCarthy said. "It's a decision that he has to make, and all the facts are on the table. I don't think you can sit here and worry about the unknowns, the ifs and buts.

"Like I said, I don't want to speak for him, but I don't think that (offseason transactions will factor) in his decision."

Last season, Favre twice told the Packers he was going to retire, only to be asked by McCarthy and Thompson to take more time. This time, McCarthy said, no such pleading will take place, and no deadline has been placed on Favre.

"He knows exactly how the organization feels about him," McCarthy said.

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