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The word in the Minnesota Vikings locker room is that head coach Brad Childress asked two of his assistants to lie to reporters on Tuesday about the location of the three players that were visiting Brett Favre(notes) to convince him to return to the team, Yahoo! Sports' Jason Cole reports.

It didn't sit well with his players, Cole notes. "Chilly can't even tell the truth about that," one player told Cole. "I mean, how ridiculous is that? What's the big deal that he has to lie? Worse, he has to tell other guys to lie for him?"

Multiple sources told Cole that Childress doesn't have much respect from his players, particularly from Favre. "Brett thinks Childress has no clue about offense," a Vikings player told Cole.

The sources told Cole that the mere existence of Childress was one of the reasons Favre might not have returned this season. Favre told some of his teammates in early July that he was probably going to return, Cole reports, but then his interest declined after Childress visited him July 19.

"Brett just doesn't trust him," a player told Cole

It's going to be a fun season in Minnesota.

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Source: Yahoo! Sports

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