Brett Favre: 'I would love to play' in Vikings' game against Patriots
This much you know about Brett Favre: He wants to play Sunday against the New England Patriots.
The Minnesota Vikings quarterback reaffirmed that Wednesday, saying his desire to play stems less from his regard for whether his consecutive-starts streak reaches 292 games and more from his play-through-pain mentality.
"I would love to play," said Favre, who has two broken bones in his ankle and conferred with his orthopedic surgeon. "There's a chance I don't play. That's no secret to anyone. I want to play. I want to do what I can this week to get myself ready to play. I know the bone will continue to be broken for quite a while. I've done it in the past. I think I can do it again. I just want to help this team get back on track."
Favre showed little regard for his Iron Man streak.
"I'm very proud of the streak but it probably should have ended a long time ago," Favre said. "Numerous injuries. But the only reason I would want to play, I don't want to go out there for one play, I don't want to go out there for three plays. If I'm able to play I want to play the whole game and give us a chance to win.
"I know it makes for good TV talking about the streak and, 'will it end,' or "will this be the injury that stopped him.' Whether it ends this week or whether it ends at the end of the year it ends. I will always be proud of it. In the game of football, every week it's a crapshoot. I've been able to overcome a lot of injuries so I'm thankful up to this point that I've been able to play however many games in a row. It's all about being able to help this team win and getting us back on track. That's the only thing I'm concerned about."
Favre, 41, did not practice today and isn't expected to do so Thursday; however, he said he may give it a go Friday. Which raises the question: will the decision on whether he belong to him or to Coach Brad Childress?
"Sometimes," Childress said, "you have to protect people from themselves as well."
The relationship between Favre and Childress has occasionally devolved into a subtle game of throw-him-under-the-bus and Favre was asked about that Wednesday after Childress' criticism of him Sunday night.
"I didn't come here hoping to get along with Brad any more or less than I did last year or whatever," Favre said. "He's the head coach. "I'm the quarterback. I know what's expected of me. I don't need him or anyone else to tell me that. My intentions are to do that and help this team win. So that doesn't mean we have to agree all the time."
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