Favre Needs Ankle Surgery

ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has been informed that he will need to undergo ankle surgery in order to play football in the 2010 season.

Favre injured the ankle during the 2009 NFC Championship Game in January, and Steve Mariucci said recently that Favre was "having issues" bouncing back from that injury. Rick Cleveland of The Clarion-Ledger showed pictures of Favre's hamstring and ankle in the days after that game, and Favre's ankle was as purple as a Vikings' helmet.

Favre told Werder that his ankle has remained swollen and painful, and the 40-year old quartebrack has consulted with Dr. James Andrews, who says surgery is unavoidable if Favre plans to continue his NFL career.

"To play again, I would need the surgery," Favre said in an e-mail to Werder. "This decision would be easy if not for my teammates, and the fans and the entire Vikings' staff."

The Vikings have placed no pressure on Favre to return this off-season, and it's reasonable to assume the Vikings' front office and coaching staff been kept abreast of Favre's medical situation. Therefore it's reasonable to deduce that, at this point in the off-season, the timetable for recovery from a procedure on Favre's ankle would not threaten his availability for the start of the 2010 regular season.

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