Brett Favre on 2010: I Haven't Decided Yet
"I still have a little bit of time," Favre said during a post-ESPYs interview. "I'm still, believe it or not, not completely healthy, and I may never be."
Favre had ankle surgery earlier this offseason, a procedure that he called "relatively minor" but one he also reportedly needed in order to suit up for Minnesota this season. Dr. James Andrews, who performed Favre's surgery, said in mid-June that Favre had "a few more weeks of rehabbing" to complete before he could take the field again.
"I'd hope it (the ankle) would be a little better at this point," Favre told ESPN. "I can walk on it, but you don't walk in football."
The expected timetable for Favre's return is similar to last offseason -- the 40-year-old QB joined the Vikings just prior to their second preseason game, played that week and the next, then sat out Minnesota's final exhibition. Should he return for a 20th NFL season, Favre would almost certainly skip the Vikings' training camp, which begins later this month.
If Favre doesn't return, Minnesota would be forced to turn to the duo of Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels at quarterback.
Favre enjoyed one of the best seasons of his career in 2009, throwing for 33 touchdowns and more than 4,200 yards in the regular season, then taking the Vikings within a field goal of the Super Bowl. Minnesota eventually lost the NFC title game in overtime to the Saints.
"It's a great football team," Favre said of the Vikings. "I know that now, I knew it last year.
"I would love to play and be the best I can possibly be, and that's what I'm working towards right now."