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Just dropping in: Bevell reportedly visits Favre

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Judd Zulgad
July 13, 2009
— Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell visited Brett Favre in Hattiesburg, Miss., last week to watch him throw passes, but it still remains uncertain when the currently retired quarterback will make a decision on playing in Minnesota this season, according to an ESPN.com report Sunday night.

The Star Tribune in Minneapolis reported last week that Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman had made a second trip to check on Favre’s progress from arthroscopic surgery on his throwing arm, but Bevell’s presence wasn’t known until Sunday evening. The Star Tribune confirmed Bevell also was on the trip.


That would make Bevell the first member of coach Brad Childress’ staff to visit Favre in Mississippi. Bevell watched Favre perform in a rigorous throwing session that included an estimated 100 passes, sources told ESPN.


Favre, according to those sources, felt his performance with the Oak Grove High School team was encouraging. Favre, however, also “warned the Vikings’ representatives that he might be forced to delay a decision on whether to play until just before the team opens training camp.”


The Vikings report to camp on July 29 in Mankato and begin practicing on July 31. Childress and Favre have both indicated that a decision needed to be made by the time camp opened. Favre again told Bevell and Sugarman that he wants to play for the Vikings but is still unable to commit because he wants to be completely confident he can play the entire season.


Favre’s 2008 season with the New York Jets was derailed by the arm injury.


Favre, who will turn 40 in October, underwent surgery in late May in which Dr. James Andrews released the partially torn biceps in his right arm. Favre’s rehab timetable was put at six to eight weeks. Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman reported last week that a Vikings source who has been in contact with Favre recently reported that the surgery seven weeks ago was a success.


The ESPN story said that “Favre is proceeding cautiously because he remains somewhat concerned about the inconsistency of some throws and worries that he continues to have slight pain.”



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