Favre Thinks He'll Be OK To Play

DALLAS - Brett Favre said he expects to be fine, and there’s no reason not to believe a quarterback who has made an NFL record 249 consecutive starts. Favre injured his throwing elbow and his non-throwing shoulder in Thursday night’s 37-27 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but the Packers’ starting quarterback believes he’ll make start No. 250 in 10 days at Lambeau Field against Oakland. - More Audio | Video | Packers-Cowboys Game Center

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DALLAS - Brett Favre said he expects to be fine, and there's no reason not to believe a quarterback who has made an NFL record 249 consecutive starts.

Favre injured his throwing elbow and his non-throwing shoulder in Thursday night's 37-27 loss to the Dallas Cowboys, but the Packers' starting quarterback believes he'll make start No. 250 in 10 days at Lambeau Field against Oakland.

"I think I'll be OK," Favre said. "Fortunately we have a few days off to rest and see."

Under pressure most of the first half, Favre already had taken his share of hits from the Cowboys when he finally took one in the wrong spot.

With just over 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Favre took a hit to his right arm as Dallas cornerback Nathan Jones came unblocked on a blitz. The fluttering pass was picked off by a diving Terrence Newman, and Favre was seen holding his right forearm as he walked off the field.

The interception, Favre's second of the game, set up a Dallas touchdown that put the Cowboys ahead 27-10, and Favre left the game for good. He said the injury was similar to the shot to the elbow he took last season against New England that knocked him out of that game, but having recovered last year to play again in a week, he's confident he'll do the same again this time.

"I think it was a helmet caught me right in the elbow," Favre said. "I had a similar injury last year, got hit right on the nerve and lost feeling in my last two fingers. I still have some tingling, and being that I had the injury last year and knowing I was able to come back, I think I'll be fine. But it is pretty swollen right now."

Favre already had been hit several times before that, most notably by Dallas defensive lineman Stephen Bowen, who drilled Favre as he tried to step into a deep pass over the middle late in the first quarter.

The big hit appeared to take some of the steam off the pass, and Dallas safety Ken Hamlin made an easy interception. His 18-yard return to the Green Bay 41-yard line set up a quick scoring drive, giving the Cowboys early control of the game at 13-3.

It's possible Bowen's hit may have been the one that injured Favre's left shoulder, though no single play was specified.

"The left shoulder, that's one of those things you can actually shoot up and play with," Favre said.

Favre said he wanted to come back in the game, and he had regained enough feeling to grip the ball. But there was a risk the ball could slip out the back of his hand when he cocked to throw, or he could take another hit and make things considerably worse.

When Favre left the game, he had completed just 5 of 14 passes for 56 yards with the two interceptions, having taken several deep shots early that were unsuccessful. Aaron Rodgers took his place and finished the game.

{sportsad300}But it seems Rodgers may have to wait a little longer for his first NFL start. Favre always seems to be fortunate in that his most serious injuries often have come when the Packers have extra time to get ready for their next game, and the schedule sets up that way again.

Back in 2002, a knee injury sustained on a sack against Washington came right before the team's bye week, and Favre was back out there two weeks later to continue his streak. Then last year, after the New England game, the Packers played on a Monday night the following week and Favre used the extra day to help recuperate and play.

It's another extended layoff for the Packers this time, with their next game coming on Dec. 9 against Oakland at Lambeau Field. The 10 days between games certainly can't hurt Favre's chances of continuing his ironman streak.

"There's been numerous times where that's been an issue where it came down to the day before the game," Favre said. "I don't envision this being one of them, but we'll wait and see.

"I'm not getting any younger. It takes a little bit longer to recover, but I think it'll be OK."

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