|Packers linebacker Brad Jones puts a lock on Brett Favre’s leg, aggravating the QB’s ankle injury. (Jeffrey Phelps/Associated Press)|
Favre has fractures in ankle
Iron man streak is in doubt vs. Patriots
FOXBOROUGH — Brett Favre’s NFL record of 291 consecutive starts appears in jeopardy as Minnesota prepares to take on the Patriots Sunday at Gillette Stadium.
The 41-year-old Vikings quarterback was diagnosed yesterday with a pair of stress fractures in his left ankle and was wearing a walking boot around Minnesota’s practice facility.
The surgically repaired ankle has hampered his mobility all season, and he aggravated it in Sunday night’s 28-24 loss at Green Bay as he was being tackled by Brad Jones from behind while throwing his first of three interceptions.
Vikings coach Brad Childress said an MRI on Favre’s foot revealed the fracture and an “avulsion’’ fracture in the calcaneus, the heel bone. An avulsion fracture occurs when a fragment of bone is torn away by a tendon or ligament.
Childress refused to rule Favre out of Sunday’s game, but he also insisted that the streak won’t influence the decision on whether to play him against the Patriots.
Patriots coach Bill Belichick fully expects to see Favre take the field in Foxborough.
“Of course [Favre will start], he’s started 8,000 games, hasn’t he?’’ Belichick said. “At the same time, we were hearing the same thing about [Chargers tight end Antonio] Gates last week and how he wasn’t going to play and all that. I don’t know you can ever count a player like that out. I don’t know when the last time Gates has missed a game. Favre is Lou Gehrig. Of course I expect him to be there.
“But you have to be ready for everybody,’’ Belichick said. “You have to be ready for all the players on their roster and whether they want to substitute or not, they can be forced into a substitution, so you have to be ready for everybody who could potentially be active for the game. If that player gets in the game, that’s part of your preparation as a staff and as players to know what that players’ strengths and weaknesses are and what his abilities are.’’
Favre said yesterday he wouldn’t put his record ahead of common sense.
“If I can play but not be effective, then it’s not worth playing,’’ Favre said. “I hope I use good judgment, so we’ll see. I’m no spring chicken anymore. I don’t heal as quickly.’’
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.