Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell watched quarterback Brett Favre throw passes in Mississippi last week, according to an ESPN report. The Star Tribune reported last Thursday that Vikings athletic trainer Eric Sugarman made a second trip to the Hattiesburg area last week to check on Favre’s progress from arthroscopic surgery on his throwing arm but Bevell’s presence on that trip wasn’t known until Sunday evening.
According to the report, which cited sources, Bevell watched the retired quarterback perform in a rigorous throwing session that included an estimated 100 passes.
The ESPN report went on to say Favre thought his performance that day with the Oak Grove High School team was encouraging. Favre, however, also told Vikings representatives that he might be forced to delay a decision on whether to play until just before the team opens training camp this month in Mankato. The Vikings report to training camp on July 29 and begin practicing two days later.
Both Vikings coach Brad Childress and Favre had made it clear a decision needed to be made by training camp. Favre again told Bevell and Sugarman that he wants to play for the Vikings but is still unable to commit because he wants to be completely confident he can play the entire season.
Favre underwent surgery in late May in which Dr. James Andrews released the partially torn biceps in the quarterback’s right arm. Favre’s recovery was put at six-to-eight weeks. Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman reported last week that a Vikings source who has been in contact with Favre recently reported that the surgery seven weeks ago was a complete success.
The ESPN report tonight said that ”Favre is proceeding cautiously because he remains somewhat concerned about the inconsistency of some throws and worries that he continues to have slight pain, according to sources.”