Loved this find from our guys Judd and Chip regarding Steve Mariucci on Brett Favre:

NFL Network analyst Steve Mariucci appeared on WFAN Radio in New York and said he talked to Favre "a few days ago," and that Favre still is bothered by the left ankle he injured in the Vikings' 31-28 loss to New Orleans in the NFC Championship Game.

Mariucci was Favre's first quarterbacks coach in Green Bay.

"He doesn't know yet," Mariucci said when asked if Favre will return. "He's trying to heal up. His body is recovered except for that ankle. That's not quite ready yet. It's an ankle that he had surgery on twice before and it's still pretty puffy. You remember he came out of that game with the ankle and went back in, but it's still swollen.

"He's trying to determine: Is his body telling him something here? Or is he going to be feeling better in due time. He still hasn't made up his mind, and the Vikings are not rushing him. That's what's a little bit crazy about it. I thought maybe they'd say, 'Listen, could you tell us by draft day please so we could determine where we're going to go?' But I don't think their draft needs are having to do with Brett. I think they are OK at quarterback. If he plays or if he doesn't play it doesn't matter. I think Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels will be there to play."

In other words, our interpretation: Favre is coming back. But that ankle might not feel better for a while. It might not even feel good enough for, say, minicamps and training camp. However, it might feel a whole lot better around the time of the first or second preseason game.

(Image from the second link).

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