In the wake of Sunday’s bad loss to the Bears, it came to light that Brett Favre had experienced pain in his right shoulder before the game. Favre was able to play without taking a pain-killing injection, but seemed to be hampered in his ability to throw downfield, as evidenced by a pass to Percy Harvin that came up short (but did result in a pass interference call). Fears are now being expressed that the pain could be related to the surgery Favre had on the shoulder ahead of the 2009 season.
Now, Favre reportedly plans to visit with the man who did that surgery, Dr. James Andrews. In his Monday press conference, Brad Childress said he knows nothing further about Favre’s condition, and expects the quarterback to practice on Thursday.
Cynics have already begun suggesting that Favre’s revelation of the shoulder problem could be part of his laying the groundwork for an early retirement. With the Vikings floundering at 3-6 and almost everyone in the locker room apparently hating on Brad Childress, it is certainly legitimate to wonder how much longer Favre wants to stick around.
That being said, with the Vikings playing the Packers Sunday, it is almost certain that Favre will last at least one more week. No way would Favre want to give the Packers and their fans the satisfaction of thinking he quit rather than face the prospect of being embarrassed by Green Bay. But after that? All bets are off.