MANKATO — Vikings coach Brad Childress denied Tuesday morning that Brett Favre has informed him he planned to retire.
The denial came despite the fact multiple sources said that the quarterback did begin informing team personnel of his intentions on Monday night.
Childress, speaking after the Vikings’ first practice of the day on the Minnesota State campus, said he spoken with Favre within the last 24 hours. The coach called the situation “fluid.”
Vikings players, meanwhile, universally denied any knowledge of Favre’s plans to end his NFL career after 19 seasons. They clearly had been told what to say during a post-practice huddle by Childress.
Defensive end Jared Allen might have been the most honest when he pleaded the fifth when asked about the topic. “Hopefully we see him when we get back to Winter Park,” Allen said. “If it doesn’t happen, he had a great career.”