On Friday Jeremy Schaap of ESPN reported that Favre had sent X-rays to the Minnesota Vikings, and that if the Vikings team doctors think he's healthy enough to make it through a 16-game season, he's likely to sign with the team.
But how likely is it that the Vikings' doctors will clear Favre to play? Greg A. Bedard of the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that Favre's throwing arm may be seriously damaged:
Sources said then that Favre had a significant tear in the biceps tendon.I'm not a doctor, but I assume that if your finger "goes right through" a person's shoulder, that person probably doesn't have a strong enough shoulder to throw a football for a living. Favre sure seems like he wants to play, but his arm doesn't sound like it's going to cooperate.
If the injury proves to be relegated solely to the tendon and is a partial tear, Favre will likely play again. He could undergo a simple procedure, a tenotomy, where surgeons complete the tear of the biceps tendon - something that is not needed for a quarterback to throw. The rehab would be quick and Favre would be ready for training camp.
But there is a palpable fear around Favre that there is a more serious injury to the shoulder. One source said, "If you put your finger in (Favre's) shoulder it goes right through. That's not a good sign. There's a reason why he hasn't picked up a football yet."