There have been signs pointing to a return, beginning with the ankle surgery Favre needed to play and his annual ritual of throwing passes in July and early August to high school football players. On Thursday, as the Vikings concluded training camp and Mankato, Favre was in the air – not heading to Minnesota to make a surprise appearance, but heading to Pensacola, Fla., to have a follow-up visit with Dr. James Andrews. Andrews has an office in Gulf Breeze, Fla., and NFL Network reported a plane flew that from Hattiesburg to Pensacola was the private plane of Bus Cook, Favre's agent.
Favre has claimed that his surgically repaired ankle hasn't responded as expected and the visit with Andrews may be critical to determining a game plan for his future plans.
Many believe that his decision to return is all but a forgone conclusion, but the fact that he flew to Florida to meet with Dr. Andrews gives more weight to believe that Favre remains undecided about his football future.
It is expected that Favre still has a couple of weeks to make his decision. The Vikings play their first two preseason games on the road and it's unlikely Favre will be with the team for either of those games. With the final two preseason games at the Metrodome, the potential is strong for Favre coming to the team, getting a couple of intensive weeks of practice in before the start of the regular season Sept. 9 at New Orleans.
There remains a significant faction of fans that believe Favre is just delaying his return to save on his body and hit the field full force when he does return. It's still speculation as to whether he is coming back or not, but the doctor visit is viewed as a positive sign that the countdown to Favre's return is coming in the next week or two.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.