Injury should not sideline Packers QB
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- For the second straight season, the bye comes at just the right time for an injured Brett Favre.
The Green Bay Packers quarterback learned Monday he played almost the entire game Sunday at St. Louis with a broken right thumb, which he injured on his second pass attempt.
Favre declined comment Monday, but coach Mike Sherman said the injury was minor and it shouldn't prevent Favre from extending his NFL quarterbacks record 197-game starting streak after the bye week.
Sherman so downplayed the fracture he only mentioned it at the end of his Monday news conference when going over the injury report.
"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.
"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. It was black and blue when it was placed in a splint.
Favre, who had nine touchdown passes and three interceptions in his last four games, won't practice this week and will be evaluated again next week after the players return from four days off, Sherman said.
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.
"I asked him how does it compare to '99 and he said, 'Not even close.' He said, 'I couldn't grip a ball. It's nothing like that. It's nothing like the (elbow) tendinitis (in 2000),"' Sherman said. "He feels pretty confident he can throw the football the way it is right now."
Still, offensive coordinator Tom Rossley called the injury "a definite concern."
"He said he's not sore today, but he's not gripping and throwing," Rossley said.
Favre's latest injury came one day shy of the one-year anniversary of the scariest injury of his 13-year career, a partially torn ligament in his left knee after he was tackled by Washington linebacker LaVar Arrington.
Favre took advantage of the bye week to continue his consecutive starts streak, which now stands at 180, plus 17 playoff games.
Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press
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