Brett Favre says shoulder 'no big deal'

Updated: November 15, 2010, 7:59 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress says Brett Favre is "sore" but has no plans to get an MRI on his throwing shoulder and should be ready to play against Green Bay on Sunday.

Favre told ESPN's Ed Werder on Sunday that he planned to contact Dr. James Andrews, who performed surgery to repair the partially torn biceps tendon in 2008, and expected he would be asked to submit to an MRI. However, on Monday, Favre told Werder that his shoulder is "no big deal -- right now," and he agreed with team officials that an MRI is not necessary.

Childress says team trainers spoke to Favre on Monday and didn't think he would need the test. Childress said he expects Favre to miss Wednesday's practice as part of his new weekly routine, but return to the field Thursday to prepare for the Packers.

Favre, who had surgery on his torn biceps in 2009 before joining the Vikings, told Werder that he now has pain in his right shoulder that could be related to the operation.

The 41-year-old quarterback experienced a sharp pain while putting on a T-shirt at practice Saturday and there was discussion about taking a pain-killing injection to play against the Bears, but that was eventually deemed unnecessary.

Favre said he experienced no pain during the game but wondered if his underthrown pass on a deep pattern to an open Percy Harvin might have indicated otherwise.

Favre made his 294th consecutive regular-season start on Sunday, extending his NFL record. He completed 18 of 31 passes for 170 yards and a touchdown in a 27-13 loss. He also threw three interceptions, one that came on a tipped ball and two others after Vikings receivers slipped and fell.

Information from ESPN's Ed Werder and The Associated Press was used in this report.

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