Shiancoe: 'It would be a blow to the team'

Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress held a longer-than-usual post-practice meeting Tuesday with players, and Tom Pelissero of 1500ESPN.com suggests that Childress instructed players on what to say -- and what not to say -- about Brett Favre's possible retirement.

Most players claimed to know nothing, so thank goodness for tight end Visanthe Shiancoe -- who offered a raw and honest assessment of the situation during an appearance on ESPN Radio.

First of all, Shiancoe said: "What I'm hearing is that it is true, that he did decide to retire. But until I hear it from his mouth, I'm going to leave it at that."

Shiancoe also made no attempt to carry the company line on how Favre's retirement might -- or might not -- impact the Vikings' season.

"It's something the team doesn't want to hear," Shiancoe said. "I'm going to be real with you. It would be a blow to the team. But at the same time, if this [is] his decision, it's something that we're going to accept and something that we're going to back him on it, because I'm sure there would be strong reasons."

Shiancoe admitted that all the clues "told me that it was going to be a repeat of last year when it came to the personnel. I thought he would come back."

Be sure to give the entire podcast a listen. Shiancoe also appeared on SportsCenter in the video below.