You didn’t really think Brett Favre would go gentle into that good night, did you?
Of course not. Which is why you’re not the least bit surprised that, in his Wednesday presser, Favre expressed his intention to play Sunday against the Patriots despite broken bones in his ankle and heel.
“I would love to play,” Favre said. “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.”
As far as the doctors are concerned, Favre should be able to play…if he can take the pain. As Brett explained, the injuries he suffered against the Packers won’t be made worse by playing again a week later.
As far as Brad Childress is concerned, the quarterback situation is up in the air. A decision has not yet been made, and as Childress explained, it might not be up to Favre. “You have to weigh both,” Childress said. “What he’s telling you. I’ve said before. Sometimes you have to protect people from themselves as well.”
But Favre doesn’t sound like a guy who feels he needs to be protected from himself. That being said, Favre is still being very cautious in his words, saying the decision to play may not be made until moments before the game. Anyone who knows anything about Favre realizes what that decision will ultimately be: for Favre to continue his consecutive games streak on Sunday, even if it means playing on one leg.
Sorry Tarvaris Jackson, but Favre will probably have to snap his spine for you to get your chance. And even then Brett would probably try to wheel himself back onto the field.