Brett Favre Return Rests on Surgery

Brett Favre will have to undergo surgery if he intends to return for one more season with the Minnesota Vikings. The 40-year-old quarterback said in an e-mail to ESPN that orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews has informed him that surgery is inevitable to repair the ankle he injured during the Vikings’ NFC championship game against the New Orleans Saints last season.

The ankle still hurts and continues to swell three months since it was injured, prompting Favre to undergo scans for evaluation. Favre said he would have easily chosen retirement if not for his love of the Minnesota fans and the Vikings organization. “This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff,” adding that he felt a “sense of belonging” during his first season with Minnesota.

Favre had said after the Vikings lost to the Saints in January that it would take a lot to convince him to return for another year. However, the veteran quarterback has held back from making any decision regarding his NFL career, raising speculations that he might suit up for the Vikings one last time.