FavreWatch: Vikings in full-scale panic

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Remember how we referred to the Minnesota Vikings as some "nervous Nellies" on Monday? I think we can safely say they were in a full-scale panic Tuesday morning.

The Star Tribune is reporting that the team sent three prominent players -- guard Steve Hutchinson, defensive end Jared Allen and place-kicker Ryan Longwell -- to quarterback Brett Favre's home in Mississippi in an effort to convince him to return for a 20th season. I can't tell you how unusual it is to fly three players away from a mid-week practice to essentially beg a quarterback to play for them this season. Among many other issues, all three players are scheduled to fly to the West Coast for Sunday night's preseason game at San Francisco.

Needless to say, we'll have more on this story throughout the day. Just wanted to give you a heads-up on it and regretfully inform you that our SportsNation chat has been canceled for today.