VU Daily Blog: 7/20/10

More talk about Brett Favre, this time from Favre. And a few former Vikings are making news by coaching at different levels. See all the Vikings news and speculation as it progressed through the VU Daily Blog.

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Posted on Twitter at: 8:46:00 PM
The chat transcript with #Vikings DE Brian Robison is now open up VikingUpdate.com. http://bit.ly/bAWNbc

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 7:40:00 PM

Favre: No deadline, no full recovery yet

Brett Favre says his ankle isn't responding the way he would like after having surgery to remove scar tissue and bone spurs in late May. That's one of the reasons he says he's not ready to make a decision on his playing future with the Vikings.

"After almost nine weeks, it's not where I would like it to be, but I'm working at it," he told USA Today. "Maybe it never gets to where I want it to be. Forty years old … three surgeries … that's all you need to know."

Vikings coach Brad Childress was in Mississippi visiting with Favre on Monday, but Favre said no deadline was given for his decision. The Vikings start training camp on July 30, but he isn't expected to attend the Mankato portion of camp either way.

"The deadline? I don't know," Favre said. "There obviously comes a point where you've probably gone too far, where you just have to move on. He hopes I make the right decision for myself — one way or the other.

"Our visit was great. I think the world of him (and) his patience. He and I joked about how there were some rocky times (between them) last year. All of a sudden, we weren't sittin' on the front porch anymore BS-ing. But any good team has that. We're both competitors, that happens."

In reality, as long as Favre is practicing about the middle of the preseason, it might not matter. He signed with the Vikings on Aug. 18 last year and had what he considers to be the best season of 19-year NFL career, throwing only seven interceptions and garnering the only 100-plus passer rating of his career.

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Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 12:28:00 PM

Former Vikings involved in youth football summit

Former Vikings cornerback John Swain, who played for the team from 1981-84, will be part of contingent of select high school football coaches participated in the 11th-annual NFL-USA football Youth Football Summit that runs Wednesday through Friday as a lead-up to the 2010 Hall of Fame Weekend in Canton, Ohio. Swain is coaching at Patrick Henry High School.

Leaders in sports medicine and sport psychology will make presentations on mental and physical health issues surrounding the sport, as well as equipment and college recruiting seminars.

The NFL and the NFL Players Association will fund the summit. More than three million youngsters ages 6-14 play tackle football and more than 1.1 million boys play high school football.

Former cornerback Rufus Bess (Park Center High School), who played for the Vikings from 1982-87, will serve as the state's delegate at the conference. Former Vikings linebacker Dennis Fowlkes (1983-85) is now coaching in Ohio and is also scheduled to attend.

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RT @joe_schmit: Golfed with Rick Spielman at Charity event. #Vikings have no interest in TO, will not be in the Chester Pitts sweepstakes.

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Chat tonight with Vikings DE Brian Robison: Vikings defensive lineman Brian Robison is back for his Tuesday talk w... http://bit.ly/9RRlhZ

Posted by: Tim Yotter
on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 at 7:43:00 AM

Former Vikings TE now a college coach

Former Vikings tight end Richard Owens has been hired as a graduate assistant at the University of Arkansas and will be oversee tight ends.

Owens, who played for the Vikings from 2004-06, was hired by Razorbacks coach Bobby Petrino, who recruited Owens to Louisville in 1999. He made six starts in three years with the Vikings, catching 16 passes for 132 yards and one touchdown.

Owens was also with the Rams in 2007 and tried to catch on with the Jets before ending his NFL career.

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