Brett Favre has taken an important step in making his NFL comeback with the Minnesota Vikings, getting surgery on his partially torn biceps tendon, according to a report on ESPN that cites to two unnamed sources.
Previously, Favre was reportedly trying to have the tendon in his throwing shoulder complete the tear through exercises and throwing the football. When that didn't happen, he apparently had surgery. But there is another important step that remains uncompleted in his comeback attempt.
"Favre remains unable to make a commitment because subsequent throwing sessions indicate the shoulder is not yet 100 percent," the report says.
Early reports after Favre requested and was granted his release from the New York Jets shortly after the April NFL draft indicated that Favre preferred to avoid surgery, but he may have needed to take the surgical path if he wanted to test the shoulder sufficiently before training camps open in late July. The Vikings' first training camp practice is July 31.
According to ESPN's report, Favre has thrown "on a limited basis since the surgery" but hasn't felt close to 100 percent "and would not come back unless he makes significant progress, sources said."
The Vikings have four organized team activities (OTAs) practices this week, starting Monday, and are scheduled to have two more next week. Vikings coach Brad Childress hasn't always used the NFL allotted 14 OTAs and said on Friday those final practices would depend on the progress the team has made.
"Favre's motivation to un-retire again is based on his desire to keep playing and the fact that he perceives the Vikings as a Super Bowl contender that runs ‘his offense,' virtually identical to what he directed for 16 years in Green Bay, the sources contend," ESPN reported.
Childress said on Friday that he wasn't even thinking about Favre, but this latest report will certainly get the fans not only thinking but talking about the possibilities.
Report: Favre had surgery
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