Brett Favre 'willing to give it a try'

Updated: October 28, 2010, 12:14 PM ET
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Brett Favre is not ruling himself out of Sunday's game at New England despite two fractures in his left ankle.

"I'm willing to give it a try," Favre said of attempting to play.

Favre wore a large, gray walking boot on his left leg to the podium for his regular news conference on Wednesday, and said he doesn't anticipate participating in a full practice this week.

The Minnesota quarterback said he has always had a knack for healing quickly, which gives him hope he'll be back when the Vikings (2-4) play the Patriots (5-1).

"If I'm going to play, I want to play the whole game and give us a chance to win," Favre, 41, said Wednesday.

Favre was hurt in Sunday's loss to Green Bay, and an MRI revealed a stress fracture in the ankle as well as an "avulsion" fracture in the heel bone, where a fragment has been torn away by a tendon or ligament. He doesn't need surgery, and he said after consulting with doctors he's confident he can't make the injury worse by playing.

Favre also said Wednesday he has spoken with coach Brad Childress to address the coach's critical comments about his performance Sunday night.

"Emotions run high for players and coaches. I can't disagree with some of his comments. I'd be the first to tell you there's plays I should have made, plays I should have read differently," he said.

He and Childress are on the same page now in that their intentions are to "win" but Favre said "that doesn't mean we have to agree all the time."

Since taking over as the starter for the Packers in 1992, Favre has played through all kinds of pain -- including a broken thumb -- and has never sat out. His NFL-record streak is at 291 consecutive games started, 315 including the playoffs.

Favre, though, insisted he won't put his pride in the record over the sake of the team.

"I'm very proud of the streak, but it probably should have ended a long time ago," Favre said, adding: "Whether it ends this week or it ends at the end of the year, it ends, and I will always be proud of it."

Favre is also the subject of an NFL investigation into allegations he sent lewd photographs and suggestive messages to a female New York Jets employee in 2008, a development that first put his streak in danger with the possibility of a suspension under the league's personal conduct policy.

Favre said the injury hasn't made him consider retiring and he's fully committed to finishing the season.

"There's still a lot of football left. We've dug ourselves a hole here. We all know that, for whatever reason," Favre said.

"This could easily be an injury where I could say, 'I'm going to slip under the radar. See you later. Easy out.' And people may think that. I want to play, and I want to help this team win. I owe that to the guys. I owe that to myself."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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