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Favre expects to start vs. Patriots

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  October 30, 2010 03:42 PM

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Here's some shocking news: Brett Favre expects to start tomorrow against the Patriots.

Speaking with ESPN's Ed Werder as he boarded the Vikings' team charter bound for New England, Favre said his injuries have healed significantly and that he wouldn't be making the trip if he didn't expect to play.

Favre's ankle has received more attention this week than the mid-term elections -- he said he had stress fractures in his ankle after Minnesota's loss to Green Bay last week; orthopedists (who had not treated him) called a glorified ankle sprain. In the course of a week, he went from a walking boot to believing he's significantly better and will start against the Patriots.

Any NFL follower has seen this song and dance before from Favre. It is just more drama from the league's drama king, and sets up several scenarios, all of which will help him continue to play up his role as a gridiron hero: by him saying he can play, if coach Brad Childress grows a spine overnight and decides not to start him and the Vikes lose the game, then he can shrug his shoulders and say he was ready; or he will start, play poorly and/or decide he can't overcome the pain and leave the game early, thus ensuring he'll continue to be called a "warrior"; or he'll start, play the whole game and play poorly and blame it on his ankle, or he'll start play the whole game and play really well, and his legend will grow even more.

We now leave you to the rest of the day's out-of-nowhere stories, like the sun setting in the west in a couple of hours.

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