In precisely 110 days, Aaron Rodgers could be going toe to toe and throw for throw against Brett Favre.
So, Rodgers wasn't too anxious to get the hype machine rolling ahead of their prime-time encounter with the Minnesota Vikings on Oct. 5.
"I'm not going to speculate on things that haven't happened yet," Rodgers said after Wednesday's practice. "When that happens, I'll give you a good answer."
Actually, Rodgers gave one good answer — or funny answer. Asked if he watched Favre's interview on Joe Buck's new show on HBO, Rodgers deadpanned: "No, I don't have HBO." He then flashed a sarcastic smile, drawing laughter from the reporters gathered at his locker.
The first time he was asked about Favre, Rodgers followed the party line established several weeks ago by coach Mike McCarthy and team President Mark Murphy.
"If he wants to play, then he should play," said Rodgers, who earned almost universal praise for how he handled the Favre fiasco last summer. "That's kind of all I have to say about that. Other than that, he's one player on one team that we play twice a year."
Tell that to those who are selling their tickets to the Nov. 1 game at Lambeau Field. A 50-yard line ticket will set you back $775 apiece, compared to $300 for a similar seat against Detroit. And that's before Favre has signed a contract.
Meanwhile, Favre threw passes on Wednesday at Oak Grove High School. He told Hattiesburg, Miss., television station WDAM that Friday will be four weeks since he had surgery. During his interview with Buck on Monday, Favre said it had been two-and-a-half weeks.
Favre said his elbow felt "OK," but added: "OK is not good enough in the National Football League, at least it's not for me, so it's got to get better."
Favre hurt his arm late last season with the Jets. He fell from MVP contender and New York fell out of the playoff race. The stats — two touchdowns and 11 interceptions down the stretch — might not have been the only thing impacted.
"Maybe I throw different," Favre said. "Maybe my mechanics have changed some because that's what happened to me late in the year. … My accuracy was affected. I threw a couple balls today where I really felt it (in) different places in my shoulder where it's sore."
The line of the day by the twice-retired quarterback? "I also know that when I'm done, I'm done. And you can't go back," Favre said. "I have to make sure that's what I want to do."
And at the "State of the Vikings" event for season-ticket holders in Minneapolis on Wednesday night, coach Brad Childress said of Favre: "If distractions are good football players, we'll take all the distractions we can get."
That's an interesting statement, considering Favre turned down Childress' invite to watch OTAs because he didn't want to cause a distraction.
"We will do the most we can to get the players we need to be a better team," owner Zygi Wilf said. "If that means Brett Favre or means sombody else, we'll go after them. We'll just have to wait and see. Right now it's all up to Brett Favre to determine what his future is."
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