Vikings coach won't hurry Favre

The Minnesota Vikings must wait to hear from Brett Favre about whether he'll play next season. Coach Brad Childress says he won't set a deadline for the 40-year-old quarterback to decide.

Childress said Tuesday at his season-ending news conference that he’d prefer to know sooner rather than later, but the team will plan for both possibilities.

“It’s up to him, but it’s not a deal where I need to put a gun at his head and say, ‘I need to know in a week, two weeks, two months,’ ” Childress said.

Favre insisted after the NFC championship game loss in New Orleans that he wouldn’t take months to reach a decision, unlike last summer’s back and forth.

Also, Vikings cornerback Cedric Griffin will have surgery to repair an injured left knee and may not be ready for the start of next season. Griffin was injured covering the overtime kickoff against New Orleans.

Childress said that Griffin will have surgery within a next week, once some of the strength and range of motion returns in his knee. The recovery time is six to nine months, Childress said.