Favre feels he owes teammates; ankle hasn’t improved

It just wouldn’t feel like a complete news cycle here at NFL.com without a Brett Favre update. So, here’s to giving in to habit.

We have some fresh quotes from Favre, who told USA Today one of the factors that’s making his decision to play or not play so difficult is the aspect of letting down his teammates.

“I mean, there were tears flyin’,” Favre said of the trip home following the NFC Championship Game loss to the Saints last January. “By the time we landed, I am like, ‘I don’t think I can let these guys down.’ I know football is a business, but more than anything I felt like there was unfinished business. All of a sudden, ‘Oh, man, as much as I don’t want to go through that again, I almost feel as if I owe these guys something.’

“And that is something, I admit, I have not felt in a long time. It has made it so hard to make a rational decision.”

At this point, we’d take any decision. It doesn’t even have to be rational.

Favre’s decision also hinges on the status of his surgically repaired ankle. He said Tuesday that not only has it not improved, it still feels like it did before surgery in May.

“I wake up in the morning, your feet hurt and the rest of you feels like (expletive deleted), you know?” Favre says. “The ankle still feels like it did before surgery. As the day goes by, it loosens up a bit. But I keep telling myself, ‘Hey, you’re 40. You have had three (ankle) surgeries, so you ought to pretty thankful it’s not worse than it is.’ “

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