Brett Favre gets an injection in his ailing left ankle
Brett Favre calls it a "grease fitting."
Sounds like a prudent thing to have done to your truck, but to your ankle? The ankle on which you had surgery three months ago? And not even two weeks after you've decided to return for another season?
That's exactly what Favre did, according to Peter King of SI.com. Favre had had a mediocre eight series of downs Saturday night in Minneapolis and headed for the locker room for an injection of a lubricant in the left ankle, the ankle from which he has three times had loose bodies removed.
"Like a grease fitting,'' Favre said.
Favre underwent surgery May 22 and his wife Deanna watched (presumably without Junior Mints) as Dr. James Andrews worked. "They took out a cup full of stuff -- bone and all these other loose bodies,'' Favre said. "Deanna watched and told me, 'If you don't feel a lot better, I'll be shocked.' ''
Favre said that a recent exam showed that a spur has returned to the area. Andrews, Favre said, was surprised it happened so fast.
"It's catching up with me, all this stuff,'' said Favre, who turns 41 in October. The Vikings will manage the discomfort and Favre said he anticipates taking nothing more than over-the-counter pain medication. King asked him if he could last the season.
"I don't know. I have no idea, really," he said. "My ankle just seems to get easier to sprain. I know everyone thinks the New Orleans game [the NFC Championship Game] killed me, but it was bad before then. Now we'll see if I can make it. My mind's telling me one thing, but my body's telling me something else.''
The no-huddle no-brainer: King also weighs in on the NFL's decision to reposition umpires. It's going to have a significant impact on the no-huddle teams and, specifically, one Peyton Manning. Doug Farrar of Football Outsiders writes in Shutdown Corner that the league failed to think this one through.
Campbell's wrist ailing, too: Jason Campbell's neck injury wasn't as scary as it looked. His wrist injury is the bigger concern.
Campbell was carted off the field with what was diagnosed as a stinger in the Oakland Raiders' preseason loss to the 49ers on Saturday night. "It felt a lot worse at the time that it happened, but ... they don't think it's going to be really, really serious," Campbell said. "But at the same time it's something we've got to take care of before the season starts."
Campbell's wrist, hurt earlier in the game, is of greater concern. Asked which injury is bothering Campbell more, Raiders Coach Tom Cable said: "Right now, I guess it's the wrist."
Campbell points out that he's a fast healer, which was evident during his years with the Washington Redskins when he was playing behind what charitably can be described as a porous offensive line. He'll need to be. The Raiders lost backup quarterback Charlie Frye less than two weeks ago; he underwent season-ending surgery on his wrist. If Campbell can't start the season opener, the Raiders would go with Bruce Gradkowski.
Maybe rally caps would help: St. Louis Cardinals manager Tony La Russa and Albert Pujols attended the Glenn Beck rally in Washington D.C. Meanwhile, their team dropped three out of four to the Washington Nationals and are 2-5 so far on a 10-game road trip.
Just being Manny: Buster Olney of ESPN tweeted that Manny Ramirez's ejection Sunday "is one of the 10 most unprofessional moments I've witnessed." You don't often see a guy get the heave-ho on a strike-one call. And a poor call at that. But that's Manny, who takes his misunderstood ways now to the Chicago White Sox.
Orton's mouth may have written a check his body couldn't cash: Denver Broncos quarterback had a scary collision with James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers in Sunday night's game. "He was running his mouth and getting in the way of the train," said Harrison, who was off and running after recovering a fumble. "And the train wasn't coming off the track." Turns out there was a little more than Orton standing between him and a TD; officials ruled the play an incomplete pass.
Gagsville: ESPN issues its Page 2 gag orders and, gack, two of them got to D.C. folks. Numero uno? It takes a lot to bump a Redskins player, but Rob "Sale at Macy's!" Dibble is up to the task. Mr. Albert Haynesworth can only finish second.
August 30, 2010; 11:28 AM ET
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