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Elway, Favre Both Face Surgery


HONOLULU -- Super Bowl quarterbacks John Elway of Denver and Brett Favre of Green Bay both face the prospect of off-season surgery, the NFL said Thursday in announcing neither would play in the Pro Bowl.

The NFL statement said doctors from the Broncos and the Packers provided medical documentation indicating that Elway will require shoulder surgery and Favre knee surgery.

Neither ailment, however, was sufficiently serious to keep the two players out of the Super Bowl, won 31-24 by Denver last weekend.

Loose cartilage in his left knee had little affect on Favre during the season as he won a third straight most valuable player award and guided the Packers back to the Super Bowl. Elway, 37, who is said to be contemplating retirement although no decision has been announced, faces what the Broncos described as minor shoulder surgery.

Seattle's Warren Moon replaces Elway on the AFC squad and Atlanta's Chris Chandler will fill in for Favre for the NFC.

Elway ruptured his right biceps tendon in an exhibition game last August against the Miami Dolphins in Mexico City. But he returned quickly from the injury and played all season.

Last year, he underwent surgery on his right shoulder during the offseason. While removing scar tissue, doctors discovered a frayed tendon in his biceps, but did not repair it. It was the same tendon he tore during the exhibition game.

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