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Vikings tight-lipped about Favre's return

Posted by: under Vikings, Brad Childress, Darrell Bevell, Vikings players, Brad Childress, Brett Favre, Darrell Bevell, Jared Allen, Ryan Longwell, Sage Rosenfels, Steve Hutchinson, Tarvaris Jackson Updated: August 17, 2010 - 3:09 PM

News that three teammates had visited Brett Favre at his Mississippi home created a buzz at Vikings practice on Tuesday and left the Vikings tight-lipped as they left the field.

"I really don't know too much about it," quarterback Tarvaris Jackson said.
 
Added Sage Rosenfels: "I know some teammates aren't here, but I don't know where they're at. That's not my business. My business is to come out here every day and get better at practice and make my teammates better around me. ... My mind hasn't been on that situation and I don't really talk to guys about it."
 
Coach Brad Childress wasn't scheduled to address reporters after practice. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell and special teams coordinator Brian Murphy held their media sessions, but both only said that Childress told them that Jared Allen, Steve Hutchinson and Ryan Longwell were inside Winter Park.
 
Bevell addressed it during his opening remarks.
 
"I know that there's probably going to be some questions about what transpired since we've been out here at practice," he said. "I won't be able to shed much light on it. I know that there were some guys that were missing, but I was told by the head coach that they were inside. That's what he told me. I go with the guys that are out here practicing and worry about that."
 
Bevell, of course, got a number of Favre's related questions. He wouldn't speculare whether Favre will have enough practice time to play Sunday night in San Francisco.
 
"That's all speculation right now," Bevell said. "If it was to come to pass, coach would make that call." 
 
Jackson said he doesn't take it personally that three team leaders missed practice while trying to persuade
 
"Honestly, I really don't care," he said. "I feel like if my number is called I'll be ready and I'm going to continue to try and work hard and get better. That's all I can do. My teammates, that's their prerogative. I can't really control that. I'm just going to do my part."
 
It was just another bizarre moment in Favre-a-palooza. Rosenfels, who likely will be the odd man out now, said everyone needs some clarity.
 
"Everyone wants to know their position in life: one a team, in a family, all those things," he said. "There's a business side to this game and there's an emotional side to this game. I'm going to try and keep both sides out of it as far as the way I'm playing." 
 
 

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