Heard this one before? Brett Favre remains retired, as far as his agent is concerned.

Favre's longtime representative Bus Cook said yesterday afternoon in an interview with the Associated Press that he is unaware of any pending change in Favre's plans.

Cook said he speaks with his friend every day, but claimed the chats aren't about football.

"He's my close friend," Cook said by phone from Hattiesburg, Miss. "He lives right up the road."

The Vikings have expressed interest in the record-setting 39-year-old quarterback, whose waffling has become an annual summer story around the NFL. But Minnesota coach Brad Childress said at a community service event yesterday he isn't thinking about Favre, when asked if he had a deadline in mind for Favre to make a decision about his status.

"I'm thinking about the next four OTAs next week," Childress said, referring to optional offseason practices teams are allowed in May and June.

Cook, however, acknowledged the seemingly endless possibility that Favre - who said in February he was done for good this time - will seek a spot in the NFL again.

"We've all changed our minds, I guess," Cook said.


* Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri had surgery on his right hip last week and is expected to be ready for the regular season.

Vinatieri, one of the NFL's great clutch kickers, was treated by Dr. Marc Phillipon, who operated on Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.

* Injuries could force Bills starting cornerbacks Terrence McGee and Leodis McKelvin to miss the remainder of the team's spring minicamp practices.

Though both have begun taking part in individual drills, coach Dick Jauron said he's not sure whether either will be cleared for full practice for the Bills' final four sessions next week. "I would say maybe," Jauron said, noting he won't rush the two back. *