We're Stuck With It, People
Whether we like it or not, Brett Favre is basically the topic of the day until this situation is resolved. Just a couple of days ago ESPN's Ed Werder and Stephania reported that Favre has met with Dr. James Andrews about therapeutic options for his damaged throwing arm. At this point, his options revolve primarily around one of his biceps tendons being on the verge of rupturing. For a baseball pitcher, that is pretty devastating, but for a quarterback, not so much. John Elway ruptured a biceps tendon during the 1997 pre-season and ended up winning a Super Bowl against Favre, so it's not inconceivable that Favre could pull off the same feat. However, there may be issues with his throwing shoulder, especially his labrum, that could present even more daunting challenges and derail his comeback before it starts.
Still, the primary focus is whether or not Favre, healthy or not, would be the missing piece to the puzzle. To judge by Minnesota's overtures, they think he is. And as I've said before, with all the talent Minnesota brings to the table, an experienced game manager who brings stature to the huddle and is good for one to three big plays a game is enough to get them over the hump to 12 or 13 wins and possibly a deep playoff run. If his arm can hold up, you get him. If there's any question about it, let Favre stay on his riding mower and let Rosenfels and Jackson work it out in camp.
Another problem surrounds the possible four-game suspensions of defensive linemen Kevin and Pat Williams. As the Associated Press reported on May 15, lawyers for both players are arguing that the ambiguity of the league's drug policy that bans a whole list of specific substances did not notify either the player's union or the FDA dating back to 2006 of what substances were in fact on the banned list. What's more, hotlines that were established for players to specifically check out supplements did not include the diuretic, Bumetanide, that they were suspended for. Both players are suing for damages from the NFL and the union is taking the stance that the league is essentially ceding all responsibility for what the players put in their bodies even though it's clear they can't even figure out what is and is not against league rules. The judge in the case will be deciding soon if proceedings will go forward and he already allowed the players to finish out last season after the league tried to suspend them.
However, considering that the Vikings will be facing Cleveland, Detroit, San Francisco, and Green Bay in the season's first four weeks, they should handily stomp all but the Packers even if both players end up being suspended.
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Written by Sean Neumann