Brett Favre will have more on his mind Tuesday than the upcoming game against his former team, the Green Bay Packers, on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Favre is scheduled to meet with NFL vice president of security Milt Ahlerich in the Twin Cities to talk about the allegations that he sent inappropriate pictures and messages to former Jets sideline reporter Jenn Sterger when he played for the team in 2008.
Vikings coach Brad Childress said Monday the team would have no role in the meeting, but Favre's teammates made it clear they have his back.
“For me personally, that’s something I’m not worrying about too much, something I can’t control," tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said. "All I can do is show him my support and be there for him just like a true teammate, a true friend should be. This is a tight knit family here pretty much. We’ve got each other’s backs.
"It could get to the point where it’s just us against the world. We go to war together, we practice, man. Blood, sweat and tears for real, like literally. We know what we’ve all been through and in a predicament like that it has to be tough so that’s some strong adversity to deal with and he’s handled that so professionally.”
So far Sterger has not met with the league and thus it's unclear exactly how Ahlerich will approach the interview. The location of the discussion also hasn't been revealed, so it's not clear if it will be at the Vikings' Winter Park facility or elsewhere.
Favre could be subject to a suspension if it's determined he has violated the personal conduct policy, although without Sterger's cooperation it seems a long shot that he would have to miss any games.
Asked if the Vikings were worried about potentially losing Favre for a game or two, wide receiver Percy Harvin said: "It's in the back of our heads, I'm sure, but like I said everything will take care of itself and we can only control what we can control. If he's here, we'll love it. If he's not, we've got his back and hopefully he'll get back soon."
Harvin declined to give his opinion of what should happen in a case like this -- "I get paid to play football," he said. "So like I said, I'm on Brett's side. I have his back. But I won't get into that." -- and Shiancoe said the Vikings must simply wait for the situation to play out.
“Whenever the time period is, that’s just what it is," he said. "Just like I said, we deal with adversity so much it’s just like, all we can control is what we can control and just go from there. That’s what a professional is all about. That’s what a man is all about.”