Renowned surgeon Andrews comments on Favre
Dr. James Andrews, perhaps the sports world's most well-known surgeon, has worked on Bo Jackson, Troy Aikman, Michael Irvin, Emmitt Smith, Deuce McAllister, Drew Brees, Donovan McNabb, and most recently Brett Favre.
Andrews founded the Andrews Institute, a world class institute for orthopedics and sports medicine in Northwest Florida.
Andrews spoke this past Thursday at a gathering of Mississippi Sports Medicine professionals. The primary focus of the remarkably energetic, 67-year-old orthopedic guru was reducing the need for surgeries, especially among teen-aged athletes. But he was also quizzed on the Favre topic by local reporters.
A recent blog entry in The Clarion-Ledger (Mississippi) by columnist Rick Cleveland quotes Andrews: "I'm not supposed to say anything but Brett kind of let that cat out of the bag on that HBO show. I did his shoulder (arthroscopic) a few weeks ago. I visited him in Hattiesburg two weeks ago. He wants to play and he wants to play for the Minnesota Vikings. He wants to end his career on a high note and I hope he can. He's a tough guy, a great guy. I'm pulling for him. He wants to play. He just wants to make sure his shoulder and arm are healthy enough."
This doesn't really come as new news for most who are following the ongoing saga, but coupled with the recent speculation of Favre house-hunting in the Twin Cities, his official signing with the Vikings appears imminent.
Brinkley would relish opportunity to play with Favre
Rookie linebacker Jasper Brinkley, a fifth-round pick by the Vikings earlier this Spring, was also asked to weigh in on the possibility of playing with Favre recently.
Brinkley, and his brother Casper (Carolina Panthers), were signing autographs recently at an automobile dealership in Augusta, Ga.
"You know growing up and playing the Sega games with him [Favre] on it and now possibly having the opportunity to play with him. It would be a great experience." Brinkley said when asked about the possibility of being a pro teammate of Favre.
Harvin most dynamic rookie?
According to veteran football writer Dan Pompei, "Most NFL GMs agreed that based on talent alone, [Percy] Harvin should have been one of the first players selected. But he had a long history of finding trouble, and then he failed a drug test at the Combine. But all of Harvin's past transgressions will be forgotten if, in his new life as a Minnesota Viking, he walks the straight and narrow and runs those dazzling zigzags into end zones."
Pompei suggests that it is Harvin who is the most dynamic rookie in this year's NFL draft crop, ahead of Matthew Stafford, ahead of Darrius Heyward-Bey, and ahead of Michael Crabtree.
If he can keep his lunch down, most Vikings fans would probably agree.
Former practice squadder finding his niche in CFL
Running back Arkee Whitlock was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Vikings following the 2007 NFL Draft. Subsequently cut during training camp, he spent some preseason time with the San Francisco 49ers during the preseason, then came back to spend time on the Vikings practice squad.
Whitlock was signed by the Edmonton Eskimos (CFL) on April 23, 2009. He edged out another former Viking - Ciatrick Fason - during training camp earlier this summer for the backup spot behind popular Canadian Jesse Lumsden. Now Lumsden is injured.
Recent media reports suggest the Eskimos might bring Fason back, but for the near term it appears that Whitlock has moved to the forefront as the primary running back.
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