Three Vikings Head to Mississippi to Recruit Favre

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports three veteran players on the Minnesota Vikings were not at Tuesday morning's practice or team meetings.

Zulgad adds that All-Pro defensive end Jared Allen, Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson, and kicker Ryan Longwell are believed to be headed to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to convince quarterback Brett Favre to return for the 2010 season.

Coincidentally, today is the one-year anniversary of Favre announcing he would return from his second retirement to play for the Vikings.

The Vikings open the 2010 regular season in 23 days, and head coach Brad Childress believes that Favre needs a couple of weeks of practice time if he's going to be able to play in that game. Allen has also been vocal about the need for Favre to announce his decision out of fairness to the team, and in particular to quarterback Tarvris Jackson, who would start if Favre retires.

Favre had surgery on his left ankle, and last Thursday made a quick trip to Gulf Breeze, Florida to be examined by Dr. James Andrews, who performed the operation.

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