Another step in the Favre saga

The evidence of a Brett Favre signing in the coming week or so keeps piling up. The latest is another trip by the Vikings' head trainer to visit the QB in Mississippi.

Although, as is their style, the Vikings aren't talking about it publicly, it would appear one of the final steps in the dance between the Vikings and quarterback Brett Favre took place Wednesday in Mississippi.

Vikings head trainer Eric Sugarman met with Favre Wednesday to assess the condition of his surgically repaired right throwing shoulder, according to the Star Tribune. Sugarman also visited Favre last month, offering him some conditioning tips and exercises to help aid in the healing process.

Favre is now seven weeks removed from surgery and, if the initial reports are accurate, he has not had any significant setbacks and is expected to be fully healed and ready to go when the Vikings open training camp July 31.

Sugarman's visit is viewed by some as a clear indication that the days are winding down before an announcement becomes official. There has been speculation that Favre and the Vikings have agreed to the basic parameters of a contract and that the only sticking point at this stage is whether Favre feels he can return and play at the kind of level he is expecting from himself.

THURSDAY NOTES

  • Running back Adrian Peterson is one of five finalists nominated for an ESPY Award as "Best NFL Player." The other nominees are Peyton Manning, Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald and James Harrison.

  • Jerry Rice was at the University of Minnesota, along with Fitzgerald and some other NFL players and was asked about the Favre saga. Rice, who hung on at the end of his career because he felt he could still play at a high level, said Favre is a competitor, but questions if he will be able to play at a high level for another full season.

  • The stories that Favre jerseys have already been produced has been denied by NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. He is quoted by the Pioneer Press as saying that before any jerseys would be mass produced, Favre and the Vikings would have to have a signed contract. Since that hasn't happened, while the color screens needed to start mass producing jerseys have likely been made, there isn't a warehouse filled with purple No. 4 jerseys just yet. Make that officially licensed jerseys. There have been plenty of sightings and sales of other Favre Vikings jerseys that are apparently sprouting up on the black market.


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