Brett Favre had the opportunity to have second thoughts about his decision to return for a 20th season shortly after the Vikings' loss last Thursday in New Orleans.
Favre did not come back to the Twin Cities with his teammates but instead drove 1 hour, 40 minutes with his family to Hattiesburg, Miss., so he could be present for the baptism of his grandson. So as he spent time at his house, did Favre wonder if he had made the right decision in late August when he agreed to rejoin the Vikings?
"Had we won the ballgame, that trip would have been been a lot easier for those three days and for that ride back," Favre said Wednesday. "But as I said in my first press conference back, I’m here, I’m committed, win or lose, I’ll do everything I can. It just would have been a little bit sweeter had we won that football game. But I wasn’t having second thoughts, no."
Favre did acknowledge that he needs to get on the same page as his wide receivers and that the progress needs to happen quick. Favre completed 15 of 27 passes for 171 yards with a touchdown and interception in the Vikings' 14-9 loss to the Saints. He targeted his four wide receivers 12 times and completed only four passes to them.
Favre talked about the fact he misses Sidney Rice, his favorite receiver from last season. Rice caught 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns last season after having 15 catches for 141 yards and four touchdowns the previous year.
"It’s going to be a work in progress all year," Favre said of his work with his receivers. "As I sat here last year at this time, who would have thought we would have had the success we had in the passing game. Sidney is not here. Someone has to pick up the slack, which will be hard to do. Ninety plus catches, double-digit touchdowns. It’s hard to replace. But the year before, Sidney, I don’t know how many catches he had, but it wasn’t many. So the opportunity is there for all of our guys to make the most of. But it’s a work in progress and it will continue throughout the year."
Favre later added, "there’s no doubt we have to get on the same page and we have to do it in a hurry.”
Favre, by the way, is now listed on the Vikings injury report with ankle and back issues, although he did not miss any practice time Wednesday.
The one surprise on the injury report was wide receiver Percy Harvin, who was limited because of an issue with his hip. Also limited for the Vikings on Wednesday were cornerback Chris Cook (knee), cornerback Cedric Griffin (knee), defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy (knee) and left tackle Bryant McKinnie (finger). Running back Toby Gerhart (knee) and center John Sullivan (calf) were able to participate in all of practice.
Childress said that Cook primarily participated on the Vikings scout team on Wednesday. “I'm anxious to go in and look at the tape and see how he did," Childress said. "I thought he moved around some slowly in the beginning. I’d be interested to watch him in some of our team periods.”
The Dolphins had three players sit out practice. They were defensive end Ikaika Alama-Francis (illness), linebacker Channing Crowder (groin) and defensive Jared Odrick (ankle).
- Childress when asked if he feels Rice could be ready to go when he's eligible to come off the physically-unable to-perform list in six weeks: “I’m not getting any feeling. He’s non-weight-bearing. He’s on crutches right now. I’m not feeling anything yet.” Childress said he really doesn't know when Rice will be able to get rid of his crutches. It is expected that Rice will miss at least half the season so it's not surprising Childress said he doesn't know when the wide receiver will be ready.