Brett Favre Arrives at Vikings Training Camp, May Return for 20th Season

Brett Favre is back with the Minnesota Vikings and may announce his intention to return for a 20th National Football League season today.

Favre flew to Minneapolis to rejoin the Vikings yesterday after three of his teammates traveled to Hattiesburg, Mississippi, to find out about the 40-year-old quarterback’s status this season, the NFL Network reported without saying where it got the information.

The Vikings said in a statement that coach Brad Childress will address the media after team practice today, about 1:40 p.m. local time. Media availability for Favre is “to be determined,” it said.

Vikings offensive lineman Steve Hutchinson, defensive end Jared Allen and kicker Ryan Longwell flew to Favre’s hometown yesterday at the request of the team to meet with the three-time league Most Valuable Player, the NFL Network said.

Favre returned to Minnesota with them, arriving in a private jet at about 4 p.m. local time yesterday before being taken to the Vikings’ facility in Eden Prairie, where television coverage showed him greeting team officials and others outside the building.

Favre, who had surgery in May to remove scar tissue and bone spurs from his left ankle, has missed training camp and the Vikings’ first preseason game. His arrival in Minnesota comes a day earlier than last year, when he reported to camp on Aug. 18, three weeks after saying he would stay retired.

Retires, Returns

Favre last year played in two offensive series in the Vikings’ second preseason game against the Kansas City Chiefs.

Favre announced his retirement after the 2007 and 2008 seasons, only to return the following summer -- first with the New York Jets and then with the Vikings. On Aug. 2, three days after the start of Vikings’ training camp this year, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported that Favre informed team personnel via text message that he wouldn’t return.

Favre later said he had yet to reach a decision.

The Vikings open the regular season on Sept. 9 in New Orleans against the Super Bowl-champion Saints.

Favre threw 33 touchdown passes and seven interceptions last season, leading the Vikings to a 12-4 record. Minnesota lost to the Saints 31-28 in overtime in the National Football Conference championship game.

Favre, who spent 16 seasons with the Green Bay Packers, holds NFL career records for yards passing (69,329), touchdowns (497) and interceptions (317).

His 181 wins are the most by a starting quarterback and his 309 straight starts -- 285 in the regular season and 24 in the playoffs -- are the most by a player at any position.

To contact the reporter on this story: Erik Matuszewski in New York at matuszewski@bloomberg.net

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