Shiancoe: Not fair to ‘knock’ Favre

There’s no better way to fill a slow offseason news Friday than to find a new-ish angle on Brett Favre’s pending return.

Favre Watch just isn’t as hot this offseason, with the un-announced return of Favre presumably just one official announcement away. Many in the know believe Favre won’t be close to Minnesota until the flood gates and the SUVs and sports cars speed north from Mankato toward Minneapolis, signaling the end of training camp.

So a Favre sighting isn’t anticipated in camp, and while we wait, we’ve pondered in recent weeks what impact the Favre Rules truly have on the Vikings’ locker room, and whether the existing double standard is indeed a schism. Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe went on the record a while back downplaying the Favre Rules, and told fans during a live chat on Friday there’s a certain understanding of Favre’s position.

“That’s just a part of Favre that we accept,” Shiancoe said. “It’s not like he’s trying to be detrimental or malicious with his indecisiveness. He’s really trying to see if his body will hold up and trying to make the best decision for his family. You can’t knock him for that. Of course, though, the sooner we know the better, so we can mentally prepare.”

Riiiiight … the sooner the better.

Shiancoe had some great takes during his chat, including a favorable offseason impression of rookie QB Joe Webb, and another equally favorable review of his workouts with Brian Westbrook.

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