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Vikings pleased with Favre's progress from biceps tendon surgery

MINNETONKA, Minn. -- Vikings coach Brad Childress says he has watched video of quarterback Brett Favre throwing a football, and his motion "looked fine" to him.

Childress spoke to reporters Sunday at a charity event for former Vikings center Matt Birk. Childress told the Star Tribune of Minneapolis that he hasn't spoken to Favre in a couple of weeks.

The coach has watched video of Favre working out in Mississippi and says, "I liked his throwing motion, the little bit that I saw on tape."

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Favre told The Associated Press last week that he is still testing his surgically repaired throwing arm, but he expects to give the Vikings an answer on playing for them by July 30. That's the day the Vikings report for training camp in Mankato, and many expect the 39-year-old quarterback to be there with them.

Favre and the Vikings have openly spoken about a potential deal for most of the summer. He had surgery on his biceps tendon in May and has been throwing to kids at Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Miss., while he works his way back into shape.

Childress said Sunday that he hasn't been directly told of any deadline for a decision by Favre.

"I've said all the way along, he's going to let us know when (he's ready)," Childress said. "It's not like we're doing anything but being on vacation right now."

But Childress was aware of the comments and said team athletic trainer Eric Sugarman and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell gave the coach favorable reports upon their return from a visit with Favre.

"I think (Bevell) thought he was progressing," Childress said. "I think Suge felt the same way."

Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press

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