Brett Favre’s ailing elbow became a topic of discussion that maybe didn’t get enough attention following Monday night’s loss to the Jets. When Favre met with the media for his weekly news conference Wednesday, it became a full-fledged story.
Favre said Wednesday the tendinitis in his elbow did impact the accuracy in some of this throws against the Jets, and he would consider sitting out to give his sore arm a rest.
“The accuracy was affected. I talked about that after the game,” Favre said. “There were some throws that blindfolded I thought I could have made. I made some good throws but missed on some I don’t miss on. That’s what I don’t want to happen. You’re not going to make every throw, but I would have made some of those throws. From that standpoint, I don’t want to play just to play.”
Favre, of course, has started an NFL-record 289 consecutive games. He touched on some of the factors that could go into his decision and said he’s been fortunate to not have any nagging-type arm issues during his career.
“I had tendinitis (in 2000), and I was out all of camp,” said Favre. ”Prior to that, if you had told me tendinitis would keep me out, I would have laughed at you, because I always looked at it as, ‘That’s kind of a wimpy injury.’ It was painful. Very painful, and for people who have had it, lifting things is a problem. So throwing 50-yard bombs is even tougher. We’ve been treating it, it’s been there for several weeks. It hasn’t gotten any worse, but it really hasn’t gotten better.”
Favre raised several contradictions about what will happen next. He said he doesn’t know if “it will just go away” and stressed the most important thing for his elbow is rest, but he also said he feels the need to stay sharp. If he does decide to end his streak, Favre said it would be a “more logicial” process that head coach Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell would trust him to know if he can’t make throws consistently enough to play.
– Frank Tadych