Ben Leber had forgotten that Brett Favre was going to make an appearance Monday night on HBO but as luck would have it the network was on when the Vikings linebacker sat down in front of his television. Leber admitted he was “pretty pumped to watch” the interview and like everyone he took note when Favre referenced the Vikings as “we.”
“That really stuck in my mind because he’s already including himself,” Leber said Tuesday. “It sounds to me like if [his arm] really is healed and he can throw he will be joining us sometime in the future.”
Leber admits he learned plenty about the situation by watching Favre and realized just how far along things seem to be.
“He gave out more information than I thought he would,” Leber said. “With everything going on and all these reports out there and everybody checking credentials to see who has the right information. He came out and said Coach [Brad] Childress wanted him at OTAs. I think he was way more honest and that’s a good thing.”
Favre, obviously, is going to have to decide if the arthroscopic procedure he had performed on his right biceps tendon will enable him to throw the football well enough to play in the NFL in 2009. The Vikings likely are going to want that decision by the time training camp opens in late July.
Leber said that would be fine with him.
“I would like to see this resolved by at least the end of the first week of training camp,” he said. “If it’s not resolved by the end of the first week I would hate to see it drag on any further. We’re only down in Mankato for two weeks and realistically have only 14 or 16 days before our first preseason game.
“After that first week, we start to taper things down and get into the mindset of playing a game in the coming days. I’d love to see everything resolved before then for the sake of our team chemistry and for the sake of the quarterback situation. It would seem unfair for [Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels] to ask them to battle it out and get ready for the game while this is going on.”
Jackson and Rosenfels already have been put in tough situations. They had been expected to compete for the starting job in training camp — and still might — and Rosenfels was acquired for a fourth-round pick from Houston in late February expecting he would get a legitimate chance.
“I think it would be hard to put this out of your mind if you were Sage or Tarvaris, but if you take a step back you’re being compared and put up against a Hall of Famer that a lot of people still believe has a few years left in him,” Leber said. “It’s not like bringing a lower-rated quarterback in all of a sudden and replacing these guys. … This would be special circumstances and a special situation.”