QB's thumb not worse, not better

Updated: November 20, 2003, 11:32 AM ET
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GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre's broken right thumb has become a sore subject.

Green Bay coach Mike Sherman said Wednesday there's been no change in the X-rays on Favre's thumb even after he banged it on guard Mike Wahle's helmet Sunday at Tampa Bay.

"He is not re-injuring the thumb," Sherman said. "He hurts the thumb and it's painful. But as far as the injury is concerned, it's the same injury. That's not changing."

Sherman said he anticipates it will be another four weeks before Favre's thumb is healed.

Favre sat out practice Wednesday to give the thumb an extra day of rest. It was the fourth Wednesday practice Favre has missed or practiced sparingly in since breaking the thumb Oct. 19, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Favre broke the thumb at St. Louis on Oct. 19, and he's clearly tired of talking about it.

"I'm not a doctor, it looks the same as last week," he said. "I don't know if it was going to change much anyway now that I got it hit. It doesn't really feel any different. It's still sore. But it was OK."

Favre said he hasn't talked to team doctor Patrick McKenzie about the injury since he first learned of the fracture Oct. 20.

"I figured, heck if I can play, who cares? He looked at X-rays today and I didn't even talk to him about it because I figured I'm fine," Favre said.

Favre declined to have an operation to insert a pin that would have sidelined him for several weeks and ended his consecutive starts streak, which now stands at 200, counting playoffs, an NFL record for a quarterback.

"At some point, it's got to start calcifying and he said it may heal like it looks on the screen, which would be a result of not actually going in and putting it right back to where it originally was (through surgery)," Favre said. "But that doesn't mean you can't function.

"Obviously, we would have had surgery if I couldn't function without having it back in the actual place."

Favre played great against the Rams after breaking it on the team's first series and then returned after the bye week to throw for three touchdowns at Minnesota.

But he fumbled three times in rainy weather two weeks ago in a loss at home to Philadelphia and was just 13-of-28 for 92 yards in a victory at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

"Trust me, I would much rather take the win than to throw for 350 yards and 70 percent completion and four touchdowns and lose," Favre said. "Other guys may have been content with that. I'll take 92 yards passing and beat those guys any day of the week."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.