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By Eric Edholm

Vikings QB Brett Favre said he was surprised to learn that the team had waived WR Randy Moss but that he and the rest of the team now must pick up the pieces and move on.

"It didn't work out. I got along fine with Randy," Favre said. "We're 2-5. We as a group of guys in that locker room have to find a way to get it done."

Favre said he wasn't given a reason for Moss' release from head coach Brad Childress.

"He didn't give any (reason), nor should he have to," Favre said. "I haven't been told anything."

Favre likes the effort of the offense but says improved play has to start with himself.

"The bottom line is that we (were) 1-3 (with Moss)," Favre said. "First and foremost, my play could be better.

"You take chances with guys."

That's what the Vikings did in acquiring Moss, the NFL's ninth-leading receiver all time and a seven-time Pro Bowler: to give Favre a downfield target in the absence of Sidney Rice, who is attempting to return from hip surgery. But Moss caught only 13 passes for 174 yards and two TDs in four games in his return to Minnesota and his off-field behavior is said to be directly tied to the fact that he was waived on Tuesday.

Moss' effort also was in question. He always has carried a reputation of taking plays off when he famously said during his first tenure with the Vikings that he plays when he wants to. That reputation remains, and it was perhaps on display in Sunday's loss to the Patriots.

Favre was asked if Moss dogged it on a play where he drew a pass-interference call but appeared capable of catching a ball that could have been a touchdown. Two plays later, Favre was hit by Patriots DL Myron Pryor on the chin, causing a laceration that required 10 stitches.

"I guess he could have caught it, but he did get interfered with," Favre said. "I can see why he didn't catch the ball."

Rumors of locker-room dissension and a rocky relationship between Favre and head coach Brad Childress are now in full swirl. And Favre admits that he and his teammates don't always see eye to eye on decisions that Childress makes. But Favre thinks the support of the team remains strong.

"I don't see anybody jumping ship," he said. "I think (support for Childress) never wavered."

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