ESPN, Favre confirm ankle surgery

Vikings QB Brett Favre had surgery to repair his injured ankle, ESPN and the quarterback himself confirmed Friday.

ESPN and Brett Favre himself confirmed that the Vikings quarterback had ankle surgery this Friday morning, putting him on track to report to the Vikings sometime during the preseason.

Viking Update reported Thursday that a fellow professional athlete who has used Dr. James Andrews in the past was told that Andrews was in Mississippi to perform surgery on "an old quarterback." ESPN said the surgery took place in Gulf Breeze, Fla. at the Andrews Institute there. As we reported Thursday night, Andrews was scheduled for a speaking engagement in Florida on Friday.

According to ESPN, Andrews "cleaned up scar tissue and other elements of the joint to allow Favre a better range of motion," according to their sources.

On his website, Favre issued the following the statement: "This is to confirm that I did have a procedure to remove some scar tissue and bone spurs from my ankle, which had been bothering me for a period of time. I appreciate your concerns. Thanks, Brett."

The ESPN report also laid out the four- to six-week recovery time mentioned earlier.

"A source close to Favre said the 40-year-old signal-caller would likely need four-to-six weeks of rehabilitation before beginning a running program that would put him on schedule to report to training camp ‘either at the beginning of camp or shortly thereafter,'" the ESPN report said.


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