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Monday, May 24, 2010
BBAO: Targeting Favre's ankle -- again

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Hope everyone had a pleasant weekend. Those of us who stayed with LOST to The End are a bit bleary-eyed here Monday morning. But then again, what is a Monday without a few yawns?

In the offseason, Monday morning "Black and Blue all over" entries (BBAO!) are about catching up from the weekend, and so we'll start by noting this tweet from longtime NFC North friend and current New Orleans safety Darren Sharper. Here's what Sharper had to say late Friday night after learning of quarterback Brett Favre's left ankle surgery:

  1. Darren Sharper
    sharper42 Well y'all seen Brett had surgery on that ankle we got after in the championship game. Come Thursday night 1st game. X marks the spot.

Sharper, of course, is referring to the Minnesota-New Orleans season opener Sept. 9. It was also a nod to a third-quarter play in the NFC Championship Game, when Saints defensive end Bobby McCray grabbed the same ankle and yanked down Favre after a pass. The NFL later fined McCray $20,000 and said he should have been penalized for the play.

You don't hear players speaking publicly about it often, but this is a standard part of what the NFL game has come to -- and it's why some coaches are so hesitant to release injury information. When a player is reported to have a weakness, real or imagined, you can expect opponents to pounce.

Continuing around the NFC North: