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Report: Brett Favre says he will play if he's healthy

Updated, 12:47 a.m.

Brett Favre, reached by ESPN as he left a football field this morning in Hattiesburg, Miss., denied reports of his imminent third retirement from the NFL and said he will play this fall if he is healthy.

Favre said he has not decided whether to return for his 20th season, he told reporter Ed Werder, and denied texting Vikings personnel that he was quitting. Favre told Werder that, if he has fully recovered from ankle surgery this spring, he will play. Favre also denied that he was angling for a raise from the Vikings.

"As far as Brett is concerned, in spite of reports to the contrary, Brett's situation has nothing to do with his contract, but everything to do with his health and ability to contribute to that team and play at a level that he has been accustomed to playing over the years," Favre's agent, Bus Cook, told NFL Network analyst and former coach Steve Mariucci. "Brett's ankle, which needed surgery since 2007, was surgically repaired this last spring by Dr. James Andrews. Until such time, Brett feels he can play at a level that he expects of himself, no decision will be made.

"Brett has an appointment to see Dr. Andrews next week and will know more at that time. Brett continues working every day, rehabbing his ankle and will see after his visit with Dr. Andrews what his status is at that time."

Technically, he wasn't practicing with Oak Grove High School players, as he has in past seasons. When he was, you know, preparing to play in the NFL.

According to an Associated Press report:

Favre did not appear to be working out Wednesday morning, but simply ran onto the field and began lightly tossing the ball with players in warmups. He then helped an assistant coach as the players went through drills.

Favre, who took the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game in January, had ankle surgery in May. A year ago, when he kept the media guessing about his plans in the first "Hamlet in a helmet" go-round, he reported to Vikings camp on Aug. 18. This year, Minnesota opened camp July 29.

By Cindy Boren  |  August 4, 2010; 10:31 AM ET
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Favre has not made a decision!

This is officially the least surprising news story of all time.

Posted by: jbanks979 | August 4, 2010 12:10 PM | Report abuse

Are these stories just to drive Sportscenter ratings? He either did or did not text his fellow players, you'd thank that's the kind of thing that reporters could verify before, well, reporting it.

Posted by: dcborn61 | August 4, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

"Are these stories just to drive Sportscenter ratings? He either did or did not text his fellow players, you'd thank that's the kind of thing that reporters could verify before, well, reporting it."

Very well said..

Posted by: monk4hall | August 4, 2010 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Good grief, here we go again. The man can't decide what he wants to do. Or maybe he is just angling for an ESPN show (or should I write "circus") that was the Lebron James hour not so long ago. Favre seems to have the same ego problems. You'd think a man of 40 would not play these kinds of games. Please go far, far away, pretty please?

Posted by: ankla1 | August 4, 2010 12:45 PM | Report abuse

Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe said yesterday that he had heard from other players that they had received a text message, but he himself had not.

Grown men are acting like middle-school girls in the latest edition of "The Real QBs of Minnesota".

Favre will show up after training camp breaks so that he doesn't exhaust himself. He knows the plays, he's been running the same offense for darn near 20 years.

Posted by: ProfessorWrightBSU | August 4, 2010 12:48 PM | Report abuse

Is there a bigger drama queen in any sport? While he will deservedly go into the Hall of Fame when he is finally does retire, his bust will not deserve to be in the same room with a Unitas, Montana, Marino or a Graham. However, if there was a Powderpuff HoF, perhaps that might be more suitable. I really hope this is a media-created monster instead of something that Favre has encouraged. But maybe I am the only one that sees this once-great athlete as sullied after all of this over wrought hand-wringing. What would Bart Starr say?

Posted by: stvcar | August 4, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Aaah...that annual rite of August...Bret Favre's retirement.
Bret, Play this year! Last year was great for you until that last pass.

Posted by: spro | August 4, 2010 1:35 PM | Report abuse

Here we go; I missed you Brett!!

Posted by: theobserver4 | August 4, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

Favre couldnt have called in right away to straighten out the story?

He let it dangle out there for a day ????

He is manipulating the whole country - boycott watching him this year, it is our only defense

Posted by: SummerDreams | August 4, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

Oh Bret ... your past preceeds you ! You are an immature, ego-driven, leaning- toward-lying, undependable person.
Oh yes, you probably can still occasionally throw a decent pass.
Please retire ... stories about you

Posted by: loretoguy | August 4, 2010 2:13 PM | Report abuse

Favre is the biggest drama queen of all time. Whenever I hear the words Brett Favre, I immediately mute the sound. What an ego driven jerk; he is just tarnishing whatever remains of his legacy.

Posted by: mb1139441 | August 4, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

If the Vikings are any good, maybe Brett will play. He indicates little interest in finishing anywhere but the top of his division.

He hardly need the money, and lacks the vocabulary or appearance to be a spokesperson after football.

Posted by: OldUncleTom | August 4, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

to yet another sequel of the "will he won't he" saga...YAWN....

Posted by: bertzel | August 4, 2010 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Here's a news flash Washington Post...nobody cares. I don't even think the majority of the Vikings care at this point.

Posted by: breinke7003 | August 4, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Favre: "I'm retiring!, wait!"

Posted by: RedCherokee | August 4, 2010 5:42 PM | Report abuse

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