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Friday, June 19, 2009
Favre is 'pain-free,' Childress says


Posted by ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert

This falls under the "If you want it, it's here" category. Minnesota coach Brad Childress spoke extensively Friday on KFAN-1130 AM in the Twin Cities, rehashing his interest in signing retired quarterback Brett Favre. You can listen to the audio by clicking here for Part I and here for Part II.

Judd Zulgad of the Star Tribune reviews the appearance, which was highlighted by Childress' assertion that Favre's arm is "pain-free" several weeks after surgery to release a partially torn biceps tendon. Childress implied that any discomfort Favre is now feeling can be attributed to routine soreness rather than a lingering structural problem.

Childress also addressed recent comments from defensive end Ray Edwards, who said Thursday on ESPN's "First Take" that he would be upset if the Vikings allow Favre to use a private locker room. Childress said he spoke to New York Jets fullback Tony Richardson about Favre's interaction with teammates last season and said: "I think he'll be a great locker room guy."

Childress: "[Favre is] probably one of the better practical jokers out there over the course of 16 years, and he's not afraid to give it to anybody. I think he'll be a tremendous teammate as well."

Note the present tense.

Childress said Favre likely will consult with Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery, at some point before making a final decision about playing in 2009. So as we have discussed many times, it remains clear that Favre will sign with Minnesota unless his recovery takes an unexpected twist.