DBs Harris, Sharper have bum knees

Updated: October 25, 2004, 9:51 PM ET
Associated Press

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre sprained his right hand in leading Green Bay to its 41-20 victory over Dallas and the hand progressively got worse Sunday.

Brett Favre
Green Bay Packers
Att Comp PaTD RuTD Int Rat
237 153 13 0 6 93.8

The secondary also took a hit in the game. Safety Darren Sharper and cornerback Al Harris sprained knees.

Favre tried to fend off unblocked tackle La'Roi Glover midway through the first half and his hand hit Glover's chest. But he still completed 23 of 29 passes for 258 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions, and said the hand hurt worse as the game went on -- mostly on snaps, not throws.

His practice work will be limited this week, offensive coordinator Tom Rossley said.

Sharper left in the second quarter with a frayed posterior cruciate ligament, a rare injury even in the NFL. A brace is on order and surgery has been ruled out, coach Mike Sherman said Monday.

Bhawoh Jue, who replaced Sharper on Sunday, would start in his spot opposite newcomer Mark Roman if Sharper can't play against the Redskins.

Harris played the whole game and doesn't know when or how he sprained a medial collateral ligament. If he can't play, the top options to start opposite left cornerback Ahmad Carroll are fellow rookies Joey Thomas and Jason Horton.

"We're going to rest it up and ice it and pray," he said.

Sharper was injured in the second quarter when he leaped to spike the ball away from receiver Keyshawn Johnson in the end zone and Johnson came down on top of him.

He limped to the locker room, and an MRI on Monday confirmed a sprained PCL, the knee's primary ligament for stability, which prevents the knee from bending backward. A complete tear of the ligament would have required reconstruction and up to a year of rehabilitation.

Jue is in his fourth year and has played mostly cornerback in the nickel and dime sets when healthy, although he's been practicing at safety all season.

Jue, who gave up winning touchdowns to Philadelphia and Kansas City when pressed into duty at cornerback last season, said he won't disappoint this time around.

"If the guy is passing me the keys to the car, I'm going to make sure I don't crash it," he said.

Thomas made his debut in the dime defense Sunday and got extensive playing time once Sharper went out.

Sherman said Michael Hawthorne, who started the first five games at left cornerback before Carroll won the job, isn't as good an option to play Harris' spot on the right side.

"I think he believes, as we do, that his best position is at safety," Sherman said.

Right guard Marco Rivera was on crutches Monday to keep weight off his sprained ankle.

The Packers (3-4) get a bye after facing Washington (2-4), but Sherman said that won't affect who suits up against the Redskins.

"I'm not going to play anybody, whether we have a bye or not, that's going to hurt our season or their season," he said.

Favre has started 215 straight games, including playoffs, an ongoing NFL record. He missed much of a loss to the Giants on Oct. 3 with a head injury, but started eight days later against Tennessee.

Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press