Awaiting Favre's visit with Dr. Andrews

Are we about to hit Mach 2 in FavreWatch 2010?

As you recall, agent Bus Cook has said that quarterback Brett Favre would visit Dr. James Andrews this week to re-evaluate his surgically-repaired left ankle. And as ESPN's Chris Mortensen noted Thursday morning on ESPN Radio, Andrews usually uses his office in Gulf Breeze, Fla., on Thursdays and Fridays.

Those facts make this report from 1500ESPN.com's Tom Pelissero particularly interesting: A private plane traveled Thursday morning from Hattiesburg, Miss., to an airport close to Gulf Breeze. It's scheduled to return to Hattiesburg on Thursday afternoon.

It hasn't been confirmed that Favre was aboard this particular plane. But if nothing else, we're reminded that Favre should have a good understanding about the progress and status of his ankle by the end of this week.

The Vikings, coincidentally, held their final practice of training camp Thursday morning and will travel Friday to their preseason opener at St. Louis. Practice resumes next week at their year-round facility in Eden Prairie, Minn.

So unless Favre receives unexpected news from Andrews in the next day or so, I think we'll finally be able to start the clock on his still-expected arrival in Minnesota.