Retiring? Favre is ... or he isn't

Even though Brett Favre has told some of his teammates he's calling it a career, the Minnesota Vikings are hoping for one last change of heart from the quarterback who just can’t stay retired.

Favre has started to contact teammates and Vikings officials to say he will not return for a 20th NFL season, tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said on Tuesday evening.

“He told a couple guys on our team he’s going to retire,” Shiancoe said after practice.

“He hasn’t told me yet. I’m going to check my phone right now, but it hasn’t been said publicly yet so I don’t know what to believe.”

Earlier Tuesday, a person with knowledge of the situation told The Associated Press that the 40-year-old Favre contacted the Vikings to say he wouldn’t return this season because his injured left ankle is not responding as well to surgery and rehabilitation as he had hoped.

Coach Brad Childress said Favre had not told him directly that he plans to retire as of Tuesday.


Ndamukong Suh and the Detroit Lions have agreed to terms on a five-year contract worth $40 million guaranteed, giving one of the NFL’s worst defenses a big boost up front.

Detroit selected the former Nebraska defensive tackle with the No. 2 overall pick in April’s draft.


Eagles quarterback Michael Vick will not face discipline from the NFL for the June shooting outside a bar where his birthday was being celebrated, but must now live up to “higher standards,” the NFL said.