Brett Favre shed some light on the big question Saturday, according to a report, saying that his injured ankle is improving and he expects to play.
The 41-year-old Minnesota Vikings quarterback made the comments to ESPN one day after he was listed as questionable on the team’s injury report ahead of their game Sunday against the New England Patriots.
Favre was on the field for drills Friday, with limited participation in practice for the first time this week. He wore a wrap on his left ankle, which has two fractures that have threatened his NFL-record streak of 291 straight games started.
ESPN reported that Favre made the comments during a phone conversation as the team boarded a charter flight to the New England area.
Vikings coach Brad Childress said he ”probably will” wait until the last hours before kickoff to decide on Favre’s status. He didn’t directly answer a question if he’ll base the decision on Favre’s recent rough performances or strictly on his health. Earlier this week, Childress said he won’t consider the streak when he decides.
”Can he protect himself? And what gives us the best chance to win?” Childress said in response to a question about whether he wants Favre to start.
If he doesn’t, Tarvaris Jackson will take over.
”I’m not losing any sleep over it. It will all sort itself out,” Childress said.
Favre has both a stress fracture and an avulsion fracture in the foot, which was hurt in last Sunday’s loss at Green Bay. He threw a few easy passes in warmups Friday, but he didn’t roll out or take any deep dropbacks while reporters were allowed to watch.
Childress said Favre took the field before the rest of the team Friday ”so he could move around a little bit,” and the coach said Favre’s progress was ”encouraging.” Childress said he’ll continue to be evaluated throughout the weekend.
Even when relatively healthy, Favre hasn’t been nearly as successful as a season ago. In 2009, Favre threw for 4,202 yards and 33 touchdowns with just seven interceptions — a career low — in 16 games. In just six games this year, Favre has only seven touchdowns and has already racked up 10 interceptions.
The struggling Vikings are 2-4 and in third place in the NFC North.