Moss' return more shocking than departure

Why Did The Vikings Decide To Waive Randy Moss? (2:31)

Tedy Bruschi and Trent Dilfer discuss the Vikings deciding to release Randy Moss (2:31)

You really can't make it up. Here's what's happened in the Theatre of the Absurd today:

At about 1:40 p.m. ET, Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress told reporters that he had given receiver Randy Moss an opportunity to spend time with his family in the New England area before re-joining the team on Wednesday. He said he did not believe Moss' bizarre postgame rant was "incendiary" and said he did not regret acquiring Moss "at the present time."

About 30 minutes later, Childress informed players in a team meeting that Moss had been waived, an admission of a mistake so colossal and embarrassing that it will forever define Childress' tenure in Minnesota.

For now, we'll put aside another bout between Childress and the truth-o-meter. To start it off, I'll say this: Moss' return to Minnesota last month was much more shocking than his quick demise. The Vikings, of all teams, should be ashamed to have made this gambit given their knowledge of Moss' history. They lost a third-round draft pick for four mostly unproductive games and are left with a fractured franchise that seems headed to Armageddon.

Otherwise, it was just another act in the Theatre of the Absurd.

More in a bit.