Vikings coach Brad Childress unequivocally denied an ESPN report that the team placed a deadline of later this week to have quarterback Brett Favre make a decision about playing for the team.
"Absolutely not," Childress said Wednesday morning on KFAN's Power Trip morning show. "Maybe by Deanna (Favre) or somebody like that, but certainly not from me. Not even, not even close. Don't know where that dropped out of the sky from."
Childress took a shot at a couple of reports out in the last two months, including those that stated he was in Mississippi to visit Favre.
"I don't know how you guys in that industry go about your sourcing – a source says that a source said," Childress said. "I don't know. It's questionable. Very questionable."
Childress said he saw that report on the ESPN news crawl at the bottom of the screen while he was sitting in his office at Winter Park in Eden Prairie.
"I haven't been to Mississippi since I was recruiting an athlete in Jackson back in the 80s and I got a ticket … for speeding," he said.
While he did refute the report of a deadline later this week, he said it's not his job to correct every erroneous report.
"It's not my job to sit and comment on erroneous things. I sit and laugh at it and wonder how responsible that is. I simply don't have time to do that," he said.
But there is little question that the Vikings have an interest in Favre, depending on how the biceps tendon in his throwing shoulder, which was partially torn last season while playing for the New York Jets, shapes up in the coming weeks.
"My opinion is that he was a great player. He obviously had a setback last year. He was playing very well early. If, in fact, he had that surgery, I'm anxious to see just exactly what he's got left in that cannon because he had a pretty good arm, as we know," Childress said.
Childress didn't say if this drama would resume in the future.
"I don't know. I'm not into predicting the future. We'll just have to see what's around the corner tomorrow," he said.
When asked if Favre might show up for E.J. Henderson's celebrity softball tournament this weekend, the coach quipped: "I wouldn't be inhaling oxygen and holding your breath that he's going to be there."
He said his top two quarterbacks, Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson, understand the situation with Favre.
"I've talked with Sage and Tarvaris. They're competitors. Do they like any of the conversation? Absolutely not," Childress said. "But they know this: I'm charged with adding and subtracting players from this team to make us better every day that I walk in this office. There's not a day that I don't try to look and see if we can try to get better at some position. And if this can make us better and it's got a chance to happen, then I'm going to take care of the Minnesota Vikings."
Childress denies report of Favre deadline
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