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Brad Childress: Brett Favre has two fractures in his ankle

Brett Favre has two fractures in his left ankle, Minnesota Vikings Coach Brad Childress said, and is in a walking boot after Sunday night's loss to the Green Bay Packers.

Childress, addressing the media, did not rule Favre out of Sunday's game at New England, but said the team is taking his situation day by day. An MRI revealed that Favre has an evulsion fracture, in which the ligament pulls a piece of bone from the bone, of the calcaneus (heel bone) and a stress fracture. Neither requires surgery. Favre clearly was hobbled as he walked off the Lambeau turf and climbed steps to the podium for his postgame press conference.

"You know he's not a spring chicken so you know how he moves...not like a 20-year ago Brett Favre," Childress said, adding that he doesn't want Favre to be a sitting duck. "You've got to be able to move and shuffle and do those kind of things in the pocket. He can't not think he's gonna have to move because there are times when you have to do some of that independent movement."

If Favre can't practice this week, there's a chance he would not play Sunday and his streak of 291 starts would end.

"It's kind of a chicken and the egg kind of deal. You can't practice if you can't move. ... He obviously has a feel for the system. My experience, though, is that most players need to practice. I know Steve McNair was a rare guy who didn't practice all week and played. But most guys need to do some facet of it, whether it's your red zone on Friday, your nickel on Thursday, some of that stuff."

That NFL-record streak would have no bearing on whether Favre plays, Childress said. "We've got to do what's right for the Minnesota Vikings. I mean that's what I get charged with at the end of the day. I'm not worried about somebody getting one more start or one more yard to equal 300. I think the picture will clear itself up as we go forward."

If Favre can't play, Tarvaris Jackson would start. "His competitive nature I'm sure will come into it," Childress said of Favre, "but a lot of times you've got to protect people from themselves."


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.....that what happens when you run a plow horse in the Kentucky Derby!

Posted by: wp121606 | October 25, 2010 4:22 PM | Report abuse

maybe this will allow him to spend more time with his family. seems like he needs that.

Posted by: frieda406 | October 25, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

Brett Farve is making a fool of himself. He's becoming a joke, a caricature of his former self...Damn shame...

Posted by: demtse | October 25, 2010 7:12 PM | Report abuse

Good, maybe this SOB will now disappear forever.

Posted by: ksobserver1 | October 25, 2010 7:13 PM | Report abuse

Got to agree with demtse. Time to really retire.

Posted by: hmrc1 | October 25, 2010 8:06 PM | Report abuse

AS a Vikings fan, I can only say:
Please, please, retire.

(Take Romo with you :)

Posted by: bflorhodes | October 26, 2010 10:31 AM | Report abuse

Hardest $20 million anyone ever earned. Yeah, right. NOW Childress believes in practice? SERIOUSLY?

Posted by: KDSmallJr | October 26, 2010 11:08 AM | Report abuse

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