The 'Will he or won't he' of Brett Favre's return to the NFL now has a little extra drama. Favre has been informed that his ankle will require surgery should he attempt to play in 2010.
Surgery on the ankle, which was injured in the NFC Championship game, is unavoidable, according to Dr. James Andrews.
Favre's return, which seemed inevitable, is now a major question.
"We have spoken,'' Favre said in an e-mail. "To play again, I would need the surgery, as I suspected. This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff. One year truly felt like 10 -- much like Green Bay for many years. That's what I was missing in my heart I suppose, a since of belonging.''
Favre, 41, hasn't determined yet what he'll do. He isn't saying what, exactly, the injury is or how long it would take to recover from.
So the Brett Favre Retirement Watch has a little added intrigue this year. As if it needed any to inevitably become The Story Of The Offseason.