At a time when NFL teams and players guard injury information like the sports almanac that old Biff gave to young Biff, the notion that the condition of Brett Favre’s rotator cuff would be so widely discussed is odd, at a minimum.
But it’s out in the open, thanks initially to Ed Werder of ESPN.com.
And now agent Bus Cook is talking about the shoulder, calling the partial tear the thing that kept Favre from joining the Vikings for training camp.
“At the time, he didn’t want to give them his word he was ready to go because, in his mind, he wanted to give them what they paid for and he wasn’t sure how the arm was going to be,” Cook told Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports.
“He can’t promise that it won’t get worse, but Dr. Andrews basically said it should be OK to get through the season. Basically, he said, ‘Hey, if you want to play, go do it,’” Cook said.
In other words, Favre now has an iron-clad excuse in place, if Favre stinks this year.
So, basically, Favre’s rotator cuff will be his Rodney Dangerfield-style crutch. And if Favre doesn’t live up to expectations in Minnesota, all he has to do is swing his arm and say this: