The soap opera that has become the Brett Favre-to-the-Vikings saga might now be classified into that realm. The latest installment came Monday, as conflicting reports told a completely separate but plausible story, leaving fans confused, bewildered and wondering if there is an evil twin ready to emerge and wear a purple and gold No. 4.
Vikings fans have been riding the Favre roller coaster for almost a month, starting with his asking for and being granted his release from the New York Jets. In the weeks since, there has been no mention of any other team that could be Favre's next destination. It has been essentially laid out that it is a "Vikings-or-bust" scenario. The hopes of fans have been raised and lowered almost on a daily basis, as new plot twists are thrown into the mix. One day Brad Childress is heading to Mississippi to meet with him. The next day he isn't and Favre is allegedly going to stay retired. Then he apparently sends X-rays for the Vikings medical staff to look at. Then his agent claims he has heard nothing of the kind.
The latest twist in this strange ongoing series came as the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported that Favre was going to meet with renowned surgeon James Andrews today and potentially have surgery on his right shoulder to release the partially torn biceps tendon that is causing him pain and reducing the velocity on his deep passes. Well into Monday evening as the Minnesota Twins were finding new and interesting ways to again lose to the New York Yankees on ESPN, the scroll on the bottom of the screen continuously affirmed the news that Favre might have surgery as early as Thursday and, if successful, would sign with the Vikings relatively soon.
But then ESPN threw up a counter-story that completely contradicted the earlier report. ESPN reporter Ed Werder, through an unnamed source, claimed that not only is Favre not meeting with Dr. Andrews today, but that he has no intention of having surgery.
The latest report said that Favre discussed both surgical and non-surgical options with Dr. Andrews and that he remains convinced he can recover without having surgery. According to the most recent report, his plan is to try cortisone injections and light throwing in hopes that the tendon will completely tear on its own. If, according to the unnamed source, the tendon does tear and the pain goes away, Favre is almost a lock to return to the NFL for a 19th season – presumably with the Vikings. If he does opt for surgery and either his arm strength diminishes or the pain does not subside, he will remain retired.
In the end, it would appear we're at the same place today that we were a couple of weeks ago – some reports saying that Favre is coming to Minnesota and others saying that, barring a drastic change in the health of his ailing right arm, he will remain together.
Like sands through the hourglass, these are the days of our lives. Stay tuned tomorrow – same Brett time, same Brett channel.