Brett Favre Reportedly Needs Ankle Surgery to Play in 2010
That's the word from ESPN's Ed Werder and, more importantly, from the dreaded Dr. James Andrews, who informed the Vikes' incumbent quarterback of the news recently.
Favre's need for ankle surgery comes at a pretty unfortunate time: the NFL Draft was last weekend, and because there wasn't a pressing need for a quarterback, Minnesota didn't pick anyone up or bother bringing anyone else in.
If Favre does retire -- and that's one quite large IF -- Minnesota would be forced to turn towards the tandem of Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson, which, considering their offensive line and the presence of Adrian Peterson, isn't actually as terrifying as it sounds.
But losing Favre would be a tremendous blow to a Vikings team that's still considered one of the top favorites to win the NFC in 2010; although ankle surgery could, theoretically and conveniently, force Favre to miss most of the early/preseason activities that he prefers to avoid.