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(AP) - Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre underwent arthroscopic left ankle surgery on Friday morning in Florida, according to an ESPN.com report.

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Favre's future has been up in the air since the Vikings lost to New Orleans in the NFC championship game. He had said he would need ankle surgery if he wanted to play in 2010, but there was no word Friday about his playing career.

Messages were left by The Associated Press seeking comment from Bus Cook, Favre's agent. A Vikings spokesman declined comment when asked about the ESPN.com report.

Dr. James Andrews cleaned up scar tissue in Favre's ankle to increase his range of motion, according to ESPN.com. The operation took place at the Andrews Institute in Gulf Breeze, Fla.

Favre, who turns 41 in October, said April 30 he had talked to Andrews over the phone about his injured ankle.

The surgery came one day after Favre visited the Southern Mississippi baseball team in Hattiesburg, Miss., and told the Golden Eagles he would return for one more season in the NFL if they made it to the College World Series for the second consecutive year.

ST. PAUL (AP) -- A poll shows the Minnesota Vikings strength on the playing field hasn't helped the football team win fans of its push for a new, taxpayer-financed stadium.

The Minnesota Public Radio/Humphrey Institute poll published Friday showed that a solid majority has no interest in seeing taxes used for a stadium.

The poll of 701 adults found that 64 percent oppose the idea and 30 percent back it, with the rest undecided. The May 13-16 poll has a margin of sampling error of plus or minus 5.8 percentage points.

Vikings officials have been seeking taxpayer stadium help for at least a decade. The team's Metrodome lease expires after the 2011 season.

Separately, the poll found that more than half of voters surveyed disapporve of the way the Legislature has done its job.

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