Brett Favre is on a plane heading north, a source told NFL Network's Scott Hanson. Could it be bringing Favre back to Minnesota? Signs point to yes.
The Biloxi Sun Herald cited a "highly placed source" in reporting that the plane is taking Favre and his wife, Deanna, to Minnesota so the quarterback can announce his return for a 20th NFL season.
Also on board are three of Favre's closest friends on the Vikings -- defensive end Jared Allen, guard Steve Hutchinson and kicker Ryan Longwell -- who traveled to Hattiesburg, Miss., to try to convince the quarterback to come back, "The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported.
The Star-Tribune confirmed that Allen, Hutchinson and Longwell didn't attend practice Tuesday, nor were they at morning team meetings. None of the three has battled injuries during training camp or missed any practices.
Minutes after Hanson's report, Favre's official Web site sent an e-mail to members of the media, saying: "Stay tuned for breaking news from the Minnesota Vikings today on Brett Favre's possible return."
Jay Glazer of Fox Sports is reporting that Favre has informed some teammates that he is "Back in."
While we wouldn't be totally surprised if this fizzles out the same way all the media reports of Favre retiring the other week did, it looks like Favre may well indeed be returning to the Vikings as early as today. Favre would move up into the top 10 QBs, and Rice, Harvin, and Berrian could see a slight boost, although we have been 95% certain Favre would be under center come week 1 and have been projecting accordingly.