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    NEWSLETTERS

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    Brett Favre returns against the 49ers.

    Attention San Francisco 49ers fans: Your noble attempts to ignore all this Brett Favre nonsense will run into a serious complication on Sunday.

    The Niners are facing that Brett Favre and those Minnesota Vikings at 5 p.m. PDT Sunday for NBC's Sunday Night Football.

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    If you haven't heard, a private jet with Favre on board landed at an airport outside Minneapolis this afternoon. Favre was quickly whisked away to Viking headquarters.  By all accounts it appears he is back with the team.

    Sunday's game is at home, which mean Favre will be taking his first "hike" at Candlestick.

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    If the latest indications are true -- and Favre still has another four weeks to keep retiring and unretiring -- it sure does appear Favre is coming back. The question is whether he'll see action against the 49ers after only five days with the Vikings.

    "If he feels right, I think he'll put a cameo appearance in the San Francisco game," NFL analyst and veteran Favre-watcher John Clayton said on ESPN. "But I think it's more likely he's gonna prepare for the third preseason game."

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    So the 49ers defense is unlikely play against Favre for more than a few snaps.

    But you, poor 49ers fans watching on television, will have to hear three-plus hours of extemporaneous Brett Favre analysis no matter which team has the ball.

    Joe Kukura is a freelance writer who is personally challenging 49er fans with sign-making skills to not go easy on the cell phone picture scandal references.