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Brett Favre needs ankle surgery

If Brett Favre is going to play in 2010, he’s going to have to go through ankle surgery first.

Favre told ESPN’s Ed Werder that his left ankle, which he injured in the NFC Championship Game, has continued to be painful and swollen for months. Favre visited Dr. James Andrews, who told him surgery will be unavoidable if he wants to play again.

Favre indicated that he doesn’t want the surgery but that he might have it because of his affection for the Vikings and his belief that they can win the Super Bowl.

“We have spoken,’' Favre said in an e-mail to Werder. “To play again, I would need the surgery, as I suspected. This decision would be easy if not for my teammates and the fans and the entire Vikings staff. One year truly felt like 10 -- much like Green Bay for many years. That’s what I was missing in my heart I suppose, a [sense] of belonging.’'

UPDATE: As some readers have pointed out, the quote originally read “a since of belonging.” We’re not sure whether Favre misspelled “sense” in his e-mail to Werder or whether ESPN misspelled “sense” in posting the e-mail online, but the quote in the article has now been changed from “since” to “sense.”