Nothing is official until Brett Favre says so – and even then people won’t believe it’s official – but as of right now it certainly sounds like the quarterback has played his last game in the NFL.
Today, Favre gave an update on the condition of his right arm, and the news was not great for him and his fans. Favre said he was checked out for a blood clot on Monday, and thankfully the tests came back negative. Nevertheless, he continues to experience numbness in his right hand, a numbness that has been with him since the Redskins game and is not related to the shoulder injury he suffered vs. Buffalo. Favre made it clear that until he gets back full feeling in the hand, he will not be returning to the field.
And that sums up the whole problem for Favre: He won’t play until the hand comes all the way back, but the hand might not come all the way back until after the season. If indeed the hand fails to recover at any time before the season-ending game at Detroit, then Favre will not be back in 2010. And since he has already declared this will be his last season, the chances are very good that his career is over.
If indeed Favre has played his final game, the records will indicate that his last pass was an interception against the Buffalo Bills, on the very play where his shoulder was sprained. The standard Favre line says the quarterback would never want to end his career in such ignominious fashion, and would do all within his power to return for at least one more game, but Favre himself indicated today that he isn’t very concerned about such considerations.
What does concern him, going by today’s comments, is the team’s travel schedule for the rest of the season. Favre suggested he isn’t exactly looking forward to trekking to Philadelphia and then Detroit if it’s only to stand on the bench in a cap, but did say he would stay with the team for the rest of the season, even if he can’t return to the line-up.
Favre also said he is looking forward to seeing Joe Webb get on the field for the Vikings, even though Webb is still “raw as a passer.” I guess that officially makes Favre a Webboholic.
As always with Favre, the above comments must be met with a wait-and-see attitude. That said, now that the streak is over and the playoffs are lost, Favre has certainly been robbed of much of his motivation for returning. All he has left is the chance for a final bow, but if his hand doesn’t regain normal sensation, that possibility will be eliminated too.
It looks for all the world like Favre’s career is finally over. Some will be overjoyed, some will be sad. Few will be indifferent.
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