Favre says he’ll let Vikings know by July 30
By: By Chip Scoggins and Judd Zulgad, Minneapolis Star Tribune, Superior Telegram
The Brett Favre watch is going to last a little longer, although the retired quarterback acknowledged Wednesday that he’s “running out of time.”
Favre said in an interview with the Associated Press on Wednesday that his right arm felt “pretty good” after a workout in Mississippi, but that he’s not ready to commit to playing for the Vikings because he wants to make sure he can be effective for an entire season.
Favre said he will give the Vikings an answer before the start of training camp. The Vikings deadline for reporting to Mankato is July 30 with the first practice scheduled for the following day.
Favre’s comments confirmed an ESPN report this week that said the 39-year-old retired quarterback is encouraged by the progress with his surgically repaired throwing arm but that he needs more time before he makes a final decision.
“There’s two weeks left and I’m doing everything I can,” Favre said. “I was down here Sunday morning working out. I’m trying to get everything to where I feel 100 percent when I go in. I can’t go in any less. When you’re 39 years old, it’s hard enough. But it’s getting there.”
Favre continues to workout with the Oak Grove High School football team in Hattiesburg, Miss., three days a week but said he recently started Sunday workouts too because he’s “running out of time.”
Favre, who turns 40 in October, had surgery in late May to release the partially torn biceps in his right arm. Favre told the Associated Press that surgery was successful and that he has enough velocity on his throws to play right now, but he wants to make sure his arm can hold up for an entire season.
“I felt like going to New York last year that I still had it,” Favre said. “I didn’t know my arm was hurt at the time. So that’s what I try to get across to people. I had that fixed, the surgery to fix that. So I’m trying to make sure that if I go back that that part is completely resolved.”
The AP watched his workout Wednesday and reported that he showed plenty of arm strength and accuracy on a number of deep throws. Favre said he’s encouraged but he wants to be completely confident in his arm.
“If you’re throwing and it’s a little off and you have a little pain, it’s a little bit understandable,” he said. “If there’s no pain and there’s no excuse, that’s where you’ve got a problem. So I want to go out and have one of those days throwing and then have another where all of those throws you make, every warmup throw you make or just in general, feels perfect.”
Although Favre and the Vikings have denied that any deadline has ever been given for him to make a decision, it’s clear both sides realize the importance of this being resolved by the time training camp opens. Favre did not attend any of the Vikings’ offseason practices and while he ran a similar offense for 16 seasons in Green Bay, he still must adjust to new personnel.
Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman visited Favre in Mississippi last week to watch him throw. ESPN reported that Favre threw an estimated 100 passes and indications are the session went well. Bevell also was believed to have worked with Favre on elements of the Vikings offense.
“I don’t think Minnesota would even consider it if I didn’t have it,” Favre said. “Second of all, I wouldn’t even think about it if I didn’t have it. Now, having it here and having it on the field on Sundays is two different things, I know that for a fact. I know what it takes to play on Sunday and I still believe I have that.”
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