Injury shouldn't keep him from playing

Updated: October 20, 2003, 5:36 PM ET
Associated Press

Brett Favre has a broken right thumb that's not serious and shouldn't prevent him from continuing his NFL quarterbacks record 197-game starting streak after the bye week.

Green Bay Packers coach Mike Sherman revealed the extent of Favre's injury Monday.

"He has a hairline crack on his thumb," Sherman said. "If we had to play this week, he said he could play with it, and hopefully in two weeks when we play it will be better."

The Packers (3-4) are off this week before traveling to Minnesota.

Favre banged his thumb on a teammate's shoulder pads on the first play of the game Sunday at St. Louis, but did not come out and didn't seem affected by it.

"He played pretty well with it," Sherman said.

Despite Green Bay's 34-24 loss to the Rams, Favre had one of his best dome performances, completing 23 of 32 passes for 268 yards and two touchdowns with one interception. His passer rating was 104.7.

The three-time MVP who turned 34 this month left the locker room Sunday with a bag of ice taped to his right thumb, which swelled on the flight home.

Favre will be in a splint and won't practice this week, Sherman said. He'll be evaluated again next Monday after the players return from four days off.

Favre injured his right thumb in the preseason in 1999 and it severely affected his throwing ability for much of the season. Sherman said he didn't think there was that danger this time.


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