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Favre watch not causing anxiety

Posted by: under Vikings, Vikings fans, Vikings players, Ben Leber, Brett Favre, Visanthe Shiancoe, Vikings quarterbacks Updated: June 12, 2010 - 10:14 AM

A year ago it became pretty clear that Vikings players grew tired of the constant questions surrounding Brett Favre and whether the quarterback would end his retirement to play in Minnesota.

While technically the Favre Watch is back on this spring, many of those same players no longer seemed annoyed and are now, much like many Vikings fans, just waiting for Favre to announce that he will play a 20th season in the NFL.

“Honestly, I’m not too worried about it," linebacker Ben Leber said. "Just looking at his competitive spirit it seems like he’s the type of guy that I think would want to come back and help this football team and I think sees what we have to offer. Obviously, it’s a tough decision but certainly I’m not going to dwell on it. When it comes too we’ll deal with it then.”

Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said the fact Favre had arthroscopic surgery on his left ankle last month certainly is a good sign. "But that’s just my personal opinion," Shiancoe added. "That has nothing to do with what’s good for him and his family.”

Shiancoe also made it clear that if Favre isn't in Mankato for training camp -- odds are near 100 percent he won't be -- that's OK with him.
 
“Brett is a player of his own," Shiancoe said. "Of course, there are going to be exceptions for him. Everybody knows that. It’s Brett Favre. He’s earned the right and everybody else feels the same way, especially after the season he had last year with the interception ratio compared to the completion ratio. I wish I could play like that when I’m 40 years old, 41 years old. He’s still running around like he’s 28, 27. It’s all love for him. We accept him back when he comes back.”
 
Minicamp resumes: The Vikings will conduct two practices today as part of their three-day minicamp. The first practice at Winter Park this morning will be held indoors because of the threat of rain. Practices are not open to the public.

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