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Favre says ankle surgery would be “relatively minor”

After Brett Favre’s comments to ESPN’s Ed Werder were interpreted by many as a sign that his injured ankle could keep him from playing in 2010, Favre took to his personal web site on Friday to say that in reality, the ankle surgery he may undergo this offseason wouldn’t be a big deal.

“I want to add to the information provided in the article that was published this morning on ESPN’s website,” Favre wrote on “Given the reaction to the article, and the typical conclusion jumping, I thought I’d clarify a few things.

“While my ankle has been bothering me, the injury is not debilitating. For example, I’m able to work around my property without any problems. Sure -- certain exercises cause some ankle pain, but it’s nothing that I haven’t experienced (or played with) before. In fact, many people don’t realize that I injured my ankle before the NFC Championship game. I’ve had surgery on this ankle twice before, and I’ve played with the pain before. The hits I took throughout the 2009 season, including the Saints game, just added to the ankle pain and likely caused some bone spurs.”

Favre continued that if he does have ankle surgery, it will be a minor operation.

“I don’t believe major surgery on the ankle would be required for me to return in 2010,” Favre wrote. “I’ve consulted with Dr. Andrews on the phone, and a relatively minor procedure could be done to improve the dexterity of the ankle, and to relieve the pain. I’ve put up with pain worse than this in my career, and I didn’t want anyone to assume that the possibility of surgery was the sole factor that would determine whether I return or not. Some people reacting to the ESPN story have made this assumption. I don’t blame them for doing so, given that the term ‘surgery’ often covers a variety of procedures, some more complex than others.”

Favre hasn’t made up his mind about whether he’ll play football in 2010, and he’s not sure when he will make up his mind, but whatever he decides won’t be determined solely by whether his ankle can withstand another NFL season.

“The ankle pain is a factor, but one of many factors that I’ll need to consider in making my decision,” Favre wrote. “Other factors include the input of my family, and the wonderful experience that I had last year with the Vikings.”

Whether Favre plans to have another “wonderful experience” is something we’ll just have to wait to find out.