Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre underwent arthroscopic left ankle surgery yesterday morning in Florida, according to an ESPN.com report.

Favre's future has been up in the air since the Vikings lost to New Orleans in the NFC Championship Game. He had said he would need ankle surgery if he wanted to play in 2010, but there was no word yesterday about his playing career.

Messages were left by the Associated Press seeking comment from Bus Cook, Favre's agent. A Vikings spokesman declined comment when asked about the ESPN.com report.

Dr. James Andrews cleaned up scar tissue in Favre's ankle to increase his range of motion, according to ESPN.com. The operation took place at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Favre, who turns 41 in October, said April 30 he had talked to Andrews over the phone about his injured ankle.

The surgery came a day after Favre visited the Southern Mississippi baseball team in Hattiesburg, Miss., and told the Golden Eagles he would return for one more season in the NFL if they made it to the College World Series for the second consecutive year.


* New York Giants backup offensive lineman Kevin Boothe will be sidelined 4 months with a torn pectoral muscle. Boothe was injured earlier this week while working out and will have surgery next week, the team said.

Starting tight end Kevin Boss also will have surgery next week, on his ankle. The arthroscopic procedure should sideline him for 4 to 6 weeks.

* Atlanta Falcons president Rich McKay said the team wants a new stadium within 7 years, but it doesn't appear the Georgia Dome is going away. Frank Poe, the executive director of the Georgia World Congress Center which manages the Georgia Dome, said a new open-air stadium for the Falcons would complement, not replace, the Georgia Dome.

* A flyer advertising a party he allegedly hosted at a Houston nightclub earlier this month got Green Bay Packers defensive end Johnny Jolly into trouble with a judge, resulting in tougher restrictions for his bond on a pending 2008 felony drug charge.

While Jolly's bond does not stop him from going to nightclubs, it prevents him from using drugs or alcohol. He was arrested in July 2008 outside another Houston club for illegally possessing at least 200 grams of codeine.

* A Minnesota judge ruled that he will keep the suspensions of two Vikings on hold if they follow through on their plan to file an appeal in their closely watched fight against the NFL's anti-drug policy. An attorney for defensive tackles Kevin Williams and Pat Williams said he planned to file that appeal yesterday.

The NFL first tried to suspend the Williamses, who are not related, in 2008 after they tested positive for a banned diuretic that was in the StarCaps weight-loss supplement they were taking. The ingredient, bumetanide, can mask the presence of steroids. The Williamses were not accused of taking steroids and said they didn't know the diuretic was in the supplement.