Childress: Favre needs 2 to 3 weeks to prepare

If (and, of course, when) Brett Favre returns for his 20th NFL season, Vikings coach Brad Childress has a good sense of what it will take to get the 40-year-old ready for action.

Childress — who recently enjoyed a cozy getaway with his quarterback in Hattiesburg, Miss. — said Favre needs “two or three weeks” to prepare, according to The Star Tribune.

“Close to the same period as last year,” Childress said. “The fact that you play [the season opener] three days earlier kind of cuts the window. Usually we go from the fourth preseason game to [having] 10 days out where you get a couple extra workdays or rest days or whatever.”

If this beloved epic plays out according to Childress’ timetable, Favre would hit the scene following the Vikings’ Aug. 22 preseason game in San Francisco, leaving him two weeks to prepare for the Sept. 9 season opener in New Orleans.

In this scenario, the nation will be treated to a big dose of Brett when the Vikings host the Seahawks on Aug. 28.

Until Favre materializes, a forlorn Tarvaris Jackson — alone in the shadows, nothing more than a stopgap — will receive the majority of first-team snaps when camp opens Friday.

We’ll keep you posted.

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