Packers star's non-throwing shoulder wonky

Updated: September 27, 2004, 7:03 PM ET
Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- No stranger to injuries, Brett Favre can add another ailment to his list: a charley horse-type injury on his left leg to go with a long-term bum left shoulder.

Brett Favre
Green Bay Packers
Att Comp PaTD RuTD Int Rat
108 69 6 0 2 95.2

The three-time MVP revealed after the Green Bay Packers' loss at Indianapolis on Sunday that his non-throwing shoulder has been bothering him for two years.

"If it was my right one, I wouldn't be playing. ... " Favre said. "But I feel like Mel Gibson in 'Lethal Weapon.' It's just kind of loose and kind of wobbles around and pops out from time to time. As long as it pops back, I'm OK."

Favre, who has started 211 consecutive games, including playoffs, an NFL record for quarterbacks, was asked about the shoulder after he winced and held his left arm lower when signaling touchdown after one of his four TD throws Sunday.

"It's been hurting for about two years. It's just that with each day that passes, believe it or not, it gets worse and worse," Favre said.

He said he considered surgery last winter but decided against it, figuring rest was best.

"But when I started training camp, it actually felt worse than it did at the end of the season," Favre said. "But so far the worst of it is doing the half-touchdown [celebration]. I can live with that."

Apparently, so can the Packers.

Coach-general manager Mike Sherman said Monday that he has been aware of the injury since last season.

"Anytime No. 4 has an injury, there's a level of concern," Sherman said. "He's not overly concerned by it. But it's always been a concern of mine. I ask him about it. The doctor will check on it. It doesn't detract from his performance.

[My non-throwing shoulder's] just kind of loose and kind of wobbles around and pops out from time to time. As long as it pops back, I'm OK.
Brett Favre

"It's something that he might have looked at when he retires someday. But if it causes him an issue, then it'll be looked at sooner. But it hasn't been an issue."

Favre, who turns 35 in two weeks, is expected to make his 212th straight start Sunday against the New York Giants. He has thrown for 755 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions so far.

He threw for 360 yards in his shootout with Peyton Manning on Sunday, but missed the Packers' final series after defensive end Dwight Freeney struck him on the back of the left leg on the previous drive.

"He has a bruise there about the size of a golf ball that probably caused a charley horse reaction. He couldn't really maneuver after that," Sherman said. "So, we believe he'll be all right."

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