Childress addresses Favre issues

Vikings coach Brad Childress said he has talked with the team and Brett Favre about allegations from a web site that he texted inappropriate photos to a former Jets employee. If that wasn't enough, Favre is also dealing with inflammation in his throwing elbow, which Childress also addressed Saturday.

Beyond a return to New York to face the Jets, the team he played for in 2008, Brett Favre is facing an ailing elbow and some issues off the field that the NFL is investigating.

The league acknowledged on Friday that it is looking into a report on the web site that Favre texted inappropriate pictures of himself to Jenn Sterger, who worked for the Jets web site in 2008, the year that Favre played in New York.

Childress said he has addressed the issue with both Favre and the team and said it is not a distraction to the team.

"Everybody's here that's working on a normal Saturday. It's not a distraction to us at all," Childress said. "We just don't let it be. We address it, then talk about it and then we're done with it. I haven't heard anything and I don't know anything about that."

Childress said Friday he hadn't been contacted by the league about its investigation, but he has already talked to the team about the issue.

"I don't know how to categorize that," he said Saturday after practice. "We just talk about what's out there and look it right in the eye. Deal with it to the extent that we can. It doesn't affect anybody else in this locker room except Brett Favre."

In saying that he has spoken with Favre about it, Childress said "we always talk about it, about everything."

"I guess my experience is they're distractions if you allow them to be and so when you address it and talk about it altogether, then you go forward," Childress said.

Favre is also dealing with inflammation in his throwing elbow and wore a sleeve on that elbow during Friday and Saturday's practices.

Childress said Favre had a magnetic resonance imaging test done on the elbow.

"It was not an issue before we went on the bye and we worked pretty good on Monday and Tuesday out here. It flares up every now and then," Childress said. "MRI just says he's got a little inflammation, so you manage it. You manage and kind of let his body talk to him. He takes turns that he needs to take and specific plays that he needs to take them on, not a lot different than last year."

Childress said he wasn't sure if Favre would wear the sleeve on his elbow Monday night when he faces the New York Jets.

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