Favre facts remain elusive

That old Brett Favre ankle surgery report died in a hurry, but that's only because of a lack of current information. Will he have surgery or will he elect not to return in 2010?

ESPN reported that Brett Favre would need ankle surgery to play in 2010. Favre responded on his website by saying he didn't believe "major surgery" would be required to play in 2010. And NFL Network had an orthopedic surgeon on saying that Favre should have surgery soon to ensure he would be ready by August.

Here's what we believe about Brett Favre.

The quarterback needs minor surgery on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs.

Here's what we don't know about Favre.

Will he elect to have the surgery and return for the 2010 season?

The Vikings patiently remain in a holding pattern waiting for Favre to make a decision about whether he will play a 20th season.

How long can that wait continue? That's a fair question and one the Vikings really haven't answered. It appears as if it will go into the summer and perhaps into training camp.

It's conceivable that Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels could begin battling for the starting job at the outset of training camp for a second consecutive year only to have Favre show up after the Mankato portion of the practices are complete.

"I don't have a lot of illusions about the timing of the thing," Vikings coach Brad Childress said of the Favre situation. "As I mentioned to you, way back when, there was no manual back then and he played at a high level. How much does he need? He knows. I've got a ballpark idea of how much he needs and obviously what he got last year was plenty."

It will be interesting to see if Favre has the surgery because obviously if he doesn't that could be an indication he won't play again. The assumption of everyone associated with the situation has been that he plans to return.

Favre, 40, admitted in a statement on his website that the ankle does play a role in his decision but that's certainly not the only thing.

"(It's) one of many factors that I'll need to consider in making my decision," Favre said. "Other factors include the input of my family, and the wonderful experience that I had last year with the Vikings."

The Vikings signed five players who were present at a three-day rookie camp at Winter Park last weekend.

That list did not include quarterback Ryan Perrilloux, who was dismissed from LSU after being a top recruit and ended up finishing his collegiate career at Jacksonville (Ala.) State.

The Vikings did sign Iowa State wide receiver Marquis Hamilton; Southwest Minnesota State offensive tackle Bill Noethlich; Gophers cornerback Marcus Sherels; Gophers defensive end Cedric McKinley; and Minnesota State, Mankato offensive guard Adrian Battles.

The Vikings roster stands at 79 but will be up to 87 once the eight draft picks sign. The roster can only be at 80.

MEDICAL WATCH: Cornerback Cedric Griffin, who tore his left ACL in the NFC title game, and linebacker E.J. Henderson, who broke his leg in December, continue to rehab their injuries in hopes of returning at some point in 2010. ... Guard Steve Hutchinson (shoulder) and nose tackle Pat Williams (elbow) are coming off offseason surgeries and are believed to have made progress. ... Antoine Winfield also continues to recover from the broken right foot he suffered last October.

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