Pederson might head to IR
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre skipped practice Wednesday, still feeling the effects of a concussion to go along with a softball-sized bruise on his left leg and a loose left shoulder.
And he's the healthy one.
Backup quarterback Doug Pederson has a cracked bone in his back, a broken rib and a torn muscle in his side, all the result of Keith Washington's wicked sideline hit Sunday in Green Bay's loss to the Giants.
"We're getting old," said Pederson, a year older than Favre, who turns 35 next week. "We are getting old and we're fragile and that's the thing that even Brett realizes. I mean, he's no spring chicken, either."
Favre has been knocked out of his last two games, but while he prepares for his 213th consecutive start (including playoffs) Monday night against Tennessee, Pederson is preparing himself for a possible trip to injured reserve.
On Wednesday evening, Favre's brother-in-law died after crashing an all-terrain vehicle on the player's property in Sumrall, Miss.
Casey Tynes, 24, the brother of Favre's wife, Deanna, was riding the ATV without a helmet when it flipped, Lamar County Sheriff Danny Rigel said. Tynes suffered head injuries, was transported to Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg at 6 p.m. and was pronounced dead 20 minutes later, Deputy Coroner Randy Beck said.
The Favre family did not immediately issue a statement.
Pederson, who has a broken transverse process, a small bone off the vertebrae where muscles and ligaments attach to the spine, said he'd consider retirement after the season if he's placed on IR.
"Knowing the extent of the injury and where I'm at in my career, it's definitely a reality that I'll have to face," Pederson said.
Favre suffered his third documented concussion, but first in nine years, Sunday when William Joseph beat center Grey Ruegamer, making his first start for injured starter Mike Flanagan, and dumped the quarterback on his head.
Favre went back in two plays later and threw a touchdown pass on fourth down, which turned out to be his last play of the game because he couldn't answer doctors' questions correctly and had memory loss.
"I remember it all now," Favre said Wednesday in his first public comments since the injury. "Probably toward the end of the game it all came back to me. ... I didn't remember anything at first. It's probably a good thing I didn't know it was fourth down. Maybe I would have been a little more cautious.
"Then again, I'm glad I did what I did. If you're going to come back in for a play, that's the way to do it."
Favre said he had a headache and tingling in his left foot and right arm while he stood on the sideline lobbying to go back into the game, which the Packers lost 14-7.
"It was terrible" standing on the sideline, Favre said. "If I had to do that full-time, I wouldn't be here. I felt like had I been in the game -- no offense to Doug and I've talked to Doug about this -- but we would have won the game."
Favre said he didn't realize how hard his head hit the ground until he awoke Monday with a stiff neck and sore abdominal muscles that had tightened so hard he felt as though he'd done sit-ups all day.
Pederson was hit by Washington just as he was stepping out of bounds in front of Green Bay's bench. His teammates screamed for a flag to no avail.
"It was a borderline deal," Pederson said. "I had one foot in and wasn't even really on the white stripe yet. I was leaning that way. I was going out of bounds, but that's a judgment call."
Pederson said he pulled up just before he got hit, leaving him vulnerable to such a damaging blow. He never saw the defender, so "I began to relax a little bit as I was going out of bounds and obviously got blasted."
After that, Pederson told coaches he couldn't throw the ball to his left, but he remained in the game until the closing seconds, when a pass to his right bounced 10 yards in front of its target.
"My whole back just felt like a ball of fire when I threw that ball," said Pederson, who was replaced by Craig Nall for the final play of the game.
Pederson said while he rehabs, he plans to tutor Nall, who will serve as Favre's new backup, and newcomer J.T. O'Sullivan, while continuing to help Favre.
He's always wanted to go into coaching "and this might be an opportunity to look into that further."
Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press
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