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Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Black and Blue all over: The soap opera resumes

By Kevin Seifert
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

Were it not for the (manufactured?) news of Brett Favre seeking his release from the New York Jets, this would be a pretty quiet week in the NFC North. Teams are decompressing from the draft and preparing for rookie minicamps this weekend.

Yes, all four Black and Blue teams will hold some form of a rookie camp starting Friday. I'll be at Minnesota's to check out new receiver Percy Harvin. My sources tell me Favre won't be there.

I'm not sure what to make of the latest twist in Favre's post-retirement career, and I don't know where the Vikings stand internally on his status. The biggest question to be answered is actually a physical one: Favre said in February that he needs surgery to repair a torn biceps in his right arm. Assuming that remains the case and assuming he hasn't had it yet, time would be running out for such a significant procedure if he really wants to be ready to participate in a training camp.

But as the world turns, we have no true indication that Favre has any plans to play again. Like sand in the hourglass, these are the days of our lives.

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