On wounded ankle: Some Favre news during the draft

Here is a new twist in the will-Brett-return-or-not plot.

NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci, who has a close relationship with Brett Favre dating back to his days as an assistant on Mike Holmgren’s staff in Green Bay, said that Favre is still dealing with the ankle injury he suffered in the Minnesota Vikings’ loss in the NFC Championship Game at New Orleans.

You know, one of the injuries that prompted Bus Cook to reportedly spread some pictures around the Internet of a wounded Favre. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that Mariucci told WFAN radio in New York that he spoke to Favre “a few days ago” and that he is still struggling with the left ankle injury.

"He doesn't know yet," Mariucci said about a return of the purple No. 4. "He's trying to heal up. His body is recovered except for that ankle. That's not quite ready yet. It's an ankle that he had surgery on twice before and it's still pretty puffy. You remember he came out of that game with the ankle and went back in, but it's still swollen.
"He's trying to determine: Is his body telling him something here? Or is he going to be feeling better in due time. He still hasn't made up his mind, and the Vikings are not rushing him. That's what's a little bit crazy about it. I thought maybe they'd say, 'Listen, could you tell us by draft day please so we could determine where we're going to go?' But I don't think their draft needs are having to do with Brett. I think they are OK at quarterback. If he plays or if he doesn't play it doesn't matter. I think Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels will be there to play."

If the Vikings have doubts on Favre’s return, maybe they consider Notre Dame quarterback Jimmy Clausen with the second pick tonight. But Clausen would not likely be in a position to help them this season, and we’re not buying T-Jack or Rosenfels being capable of taking them to the promised land. The great thing here is we have Favre news during the middle of the draft. He’s one constant, that is for sure.

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