Brett Favre is back in Minnesota, stirring hope among Vikings fans that he may be ready to play this season.

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A private jet trimmed in the Vikings' purple and gold carrying the 40-year-old quarterback landed at an airport outside Minneapolis on Tuesday afternoon. Local TV stations carried Favre's arrival live.
Favre's website posted a message earlier saying ``stay tuned for breaking news from the Minnesota Vikings today on Brett Favre's possible return.'' There's still no official word from the team.
Favre will turn 41 in October and has flirted with retirement for years while playing for the Green Bay Packers, New York Jets and now the Vikings. He threw 33 touchdowns and seven interceptions last season to help Minnesota reach the NFC title game.
He missed training camp with an ankle injury.

Oddsmakers from online sports book Sportsbook.com currently list the Vikings at 12/1 to win the 2011 Super Bowl and 13/2 to win the NFC. They’re also +150 on the money line to win the NFC North Division and have an over/under win total of 9.5 games this season.

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Posted: 8/17/10 11:50PM ET