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Packers overcome Favre's injury, rout Redskins

10/21/2002

GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -- Brett Favre couldn't avoid two blitzing
linebackers, but he thinks he sidestepped a serious injury.

Question on the Redskins: Do you still think Patrick Ramsey has job security?
I think so. He's still learning coach Spurrier's system. It will take time for him to mature. But I'm surprised that the defense hasn't been better.

Question on the Packers: Do they run everything through Ahman Green if Brett Favre misses games?

Favre's injury would be a crushing blow for the Packers if he's out for a while (the Packers do have a bye next week). In his absence, Green Bay would definitely need to focus more on the running game. Plus, the passing game would need to be more structured.

Eric Allen played cornerback for 14 NFL seasons with the Eagles, Saints and Raiders.

Favre hobbled off the field Sunday with a sprained left knee,
leaving the Green Bay Packers to wonder how long they might be
without their star quarterback.

"Fortunately, it's not as bad as it may have looked or felt,''
Favre said after Green Bay's 30-9 victory over the Washington
Redskins.

Favre, who started his 164th consecutive game, was hurt when he
was sandwiched between LaVar Arrington and Jeremiah Trotter. The
Packers said Favre damaged his left collateral ligament, which
provides lateral stability to the knee.

Favre, whose knee was wrapped tightly after the game to keep the
swelling down, will undergo an MRI on Monday.

The Pro Bowl quarterback came out in the third quarter, was
examined by team doctor Patrick McKenzie and was carted off the
sideline with a towel over his head to a standing ovation from the
record crowd of 63, 363 at Lambeau Field.

"I wanted to go back in,'' Favre said. "But I'm not familiar
with knee injuries and Dr. McKenzie on the sideline did some tests
and told me there was possibly a tear in the LCL and the
ramifications of going back out with that tear, you basically leave
the ACL wide open for injury.

"And obviously you tear that you're done. So, as much as I
wanted to play, that information there was enough to not fight
it,'' Favre said. "I've played for so long and avoided serious
injury for so long to have to come out of any game, whether or not
you play the next week, is upsetting.''

Ahman Green had the first three-touchdown rushing performance of
his career, helping the Packers (6-1) to their fifth straight
victory. But his performance was overshadowed by Favre's injury.

"I take it personal when he gets hurt or sacked,'' Green said.
"I'm going to do everything I can to make sure he doesn't get
touched the rest of the season.''

Arrington and Trotter sped past right tackle Earl Dotson and ran
right into Favre.

"I guess he just (bootlegged) right into the play,'' Arrington
said. "I didn't think I hurt him. I was kind of pumped up and
didn't know he was hurt. I'm glad he's not hurt too bad.''

When Favre went down and his left leg buckled under him in a
twisted mass of bodies, Packers coach Mike Sherman cringed.

"My stomach dropped,'' Sherman said. "I asked somebody if they
had the classified ads because it's a lot harder to work around
here without our quarterback.''

Trotter said he thought knocking out the three-time MVP would
turn the game in Washington's favor.

"That was a momentum builder right there, him going to the
sideline, but we still weren't able to do anything,'' Trotter said.

Backup Doug Pederson led the Packers on three scoring drives.

"I just had to assure the guys that everything would be fine,''
Pederson said. "We couldn't let Brett not being in there set us
back.''

Favre finished 11-for-14 for 89 yards and left with Green Bay
ahead 17-6. Pederson was 9-of-15 for 78 yards, leading the Packers
to two field goals and one touchdown in five series.

Green ran for 88 yards on 24 carries and scored on runs of 24, 2
and 8 yards, the last one following Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey's fifth sack and third fumble, which was recovered by Rod Walker at the Washington 23 in the fourth quarter.

In his second career start, Ramsey overthrew his targets all
afternoon and the Redskins (2-4) managed just three field goals by
James Tuthill. Ramsey was 10-of-24 for 135 yards. He fumbled five
times and was sacked six times.

Favre, the league's only three-time MVP, entered leading the NFC
in passer rating (102.5), yards passing (1,617) and touchdown
passes (14). He was playing in his 166th straight game, including
164 consecutive starts, an NFL record for quarterbacks and the
longest current streak in the league at any position.

This was just the fourth time during the streak that Favre
didn't complete the game because of injury. He was hurt against
Minnesota in 1994 and '95, and against Tampa Bay in 2000. All those
games were on the road.

He returned the following week to keep his streak alive. The
Packers are off next week and don't play again until Nov. 4 against
Miami.

"I fully expect him to be back for the Monday night game,''
tight end Bubba Franks said. "He has a week to recover, pretty
much he can take two weeks. But I expect him to be back. Favre is a
no-nonsense guy. You'll see what I'm talking about Monday night.''

Game notes
The officials called 17 penalties for 174 yards in the
first half. ... In two starts, Ramsey has been sacked 13 times. ...
Washington lost both of their replay challenges in the fourth
quarter. ... The Packers are 6-1 for the first time since 1996 and
this is Sherman's first five-game winning streak.