The big story today involves word that #4 has already been getting injections in his ankle, and now seems to be more ready than ever to admit he has no idea if the ankle is going to hold up at 40 years old this season.
As usual though, this could all be a smokescreen, and at the end of the day he could know that he’ll be fine, and the ankle will respond. If not though, and if things go the way they are, this really could blow up in Brad Childress’ and the Vikings face.
After his so-so eight series Saturday night on the hard floor of Mall of America Field, Brett Favre went into the trainers’ room in the Vikings locker room and got an injection of lubricant in the left ankle that has three times been operated on to remove loose bodies. “Like a grease fitting,” he said. Noted orthopedist Dr. James Andrews did the most recent surgery May 22nd and Favre feels better, but not really that good. Favre said Dr. Andrews made two incisions on the top of his left ankle, where the ankle flexes above the foot, and sucked out the loose bodies. He said Dr. Andrews wasn’t surprised a significant spur returned when Favre went for a re-exam a month ago — but he was surprised it happened so fast. The Vikings will attempt to manage the pain the spur brings on, but Favre said he didn’t think he’d take any painkillers stronger than Motrin. “It’s catching up with me, all this stuff,” said Favre. “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.”
For now, Tarvaris Jackson and company had better stay ready, and there’s good reason to believe that the teams starters could find themselves on the field Thursday night in the preseason finale.