ESPN Reports that Favre is seeking Advice from Noted Orthopedic Surgeon

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In another twist to the story that won’t die, ESPN.com in citing an anonymous source, reports that Brett Favre has consulted orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews about options for healing the partially torn biceps tendon that has caused pain in his right shoulder. Andrews is one of the most consulted surgeons in pro sports.

Favre has openly blamed his poor performance in December while playing with the New York Jet on this injury, and may be seeking to play at least one more season to redeem himself and resurrect his legacy with the Minnesota Vikings.

The Jets released him last month, making him a free agent, but Favre has expressed a disinterest in surgery. According to the ESPN.com report, Andrews and Favre experimented with an exercise regimen that could allow the tendon to tear naturally and thus avoid an operation.

Another opinion was offered by Dr. David Altchek, a shoulder specialist at one of the nation’s top hospitals for orthopedics. “This is a relatively good problem to have, if you’re going to have a shoulder problem,” said the co-chief of the Sports Medicine and Shoulder Service at Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City. “The pain could go away, or (the problem tendon) could tear by itself, but regardless, the injury to quarterback Brett Favre’s throwing arm shouldn’t prevent him from playing again.

Altchek said ultimately, surgery might be the best option and the procedure, called a biceps tenotomy is relatively straightforward. After which Favre would rest and rehab, then slowly begin a regimen to resume throwing.

“It would be six to eight weeks before he would throw again with some zip on the ball,” Altchek said. “As far as shoulder things go, that’s on the easy side.”

Whether Favre could play through the pain would be up to his pain tolerance, Altchek said. “As a team physician, I wouldn’t be worried about this at all,” he said.

Vikings officials were unavailable for comment as of Friday. However, earlier this week, president Mark Wilf acknowledged the team’s interest in Favre. When asked whether the 18-year veteran has told the Vikings he wants to stay retired, Wilf hinted that Favre’s interest in making another comeback hinges on his health.

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