This is no guarantee that there won’t be more Brett Favre-to-the-Vikings news this week. However, it’s a safe bet that Favre won’t be officially joining the Vikings for the next eight days.
That’s because coach Brad Childress is departing on a fishing trip to Alaska this morning and isn’t scheduled to return until next Monday. Childress will be joining his friend and Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid for some rest and relaxation. Childress, of course, served as the Eagles’ offensive coordinator under Reid before becoming the Vikings coach in 2006.
Childress will be a busy guy when he gets back from Alaska and it won’t be all because of football. His daughter, Cara, will be getting married July 11 in the Twin Cities area. I’m guessing she has requested that her father doesn’t help introduce any future Hall of Fame quarterbacks to the media around that time.
Favre, meanwhile, will continue to throw the football in Mississippi in an attempt to see if his arm has made sufficient progress from the arthroscopic surgery he underwent in late May to repair a partially torn right biceps. Best guess on this thing is it happens just before training camp opens.
Here is what Sports Illustrated’s Peter King had to say in his Monday Morning Quarterback column about how Favre has looked in workouts: “Favre is throwing the ball with the old zip, evidently. Bob Papa and I had the coach of the high school where Favre is throwing, Neville Barr, on our Sirius NFL Radio show the other day. Favre’s been throwing at Oak Grove (Miss.) High School, and Barr said: ‘He looks good. He said it was still a little uncomfortable, but I thought he threw the ball well. He had a lot of velocity and zip on it.’ It’s a matter of time, as we all know. Only a setback in his throwing will stop him from being at Vikings camp.”