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He sounded focused on appearing in a preseason game to get ready.

“You need that rhythm. You need to get the timing right with your quarterback, pick up protections and things like that,” Rice said. “You want to be on the same page with your teammates.”

Rice said he wasn’t sure how close he is to 100 percent, but he is still unable to cut or bend at full strength.

“A couple of setbacks, but overall it’s getting better,” Rice said. “I think it’s a lot better since the beginning of camp.”

Last year, Favre _ after initially declaring he’d stay retired _ joined the Vikings on the Tuesday morning after the first preseason game. The day before the one-year anniversary of his storied ride from the airport in Childress’s vehicle, there were few words on the subject following practice.

“I’m done talking about it. I’m just getting on with my camp here,” said normally loquacious defensive end Jared Allen.

Whether it was simply Favre fatigue or an internal order to keep quiet, players offered little insight.

“Who knows, man? I’m not going to comment on none of that,” Shiancoe said.

Childress hustled off the field and stayed inside longer than usual before his media briefing, appearing rushed when he addressed reporters. He refused to acknowledge activity on the Favre front, however, or provide any other update on the old quarterback’s status.

“Got to get back to the salt mine,” Childress said as he re-entered the building.