Vikings quarterback Brett Favre addressed the media this afternoon in Minnesota, and as expected, most of the questions dealt with his injured left foot. Here are some of the highlights from his Q&A with the media:
How much does this remind you of 2000 when you suffered that mid-foot strain but still played against Tampa?
“I would hope so. It’s hard to think back that far, but I think I can point to different times in my career when I can think I came back and played with whatever injury and was able to play well enough to help us win and give us a chance to win. That would be — not only that time but other times as well — would be my reasoning for wanting to play. My desire to play. And not to mention being able to function. I would say right now I don’t know, and I would be being honest. I broke my thumb — I can’t remember what year that was. My first game back was against Minnesota here in the dome, and if you had told me prior to — and still to this day it’s hard to imagine a thrower who has a broken thumb on that hand to be able to function on a high level. But for me — as I tell a lot of guys — I’m willing to give it a try. And I think back to all those times when I said, ‘I’m willing to give it a try.’ Had I not, I wouldn’t have known, like you are talking about … when I played against Minnesota here and really, not only that game, but had one of the best stretches of my career with a broken thumb in a splint. What does that mean for this week? I’d say it’s worth a try. Now, a mid-foot sprain was very painful. This is a very similar injury, but you have to throw into the mix a broken heel bone, basically is what it is. I sound like a doctor again. But I’ve been reassured that, yeah, it’s broken, but there’s not a risk of further injury. Will it continue to be sore? Absolutely. But that’s kind of the way I’m approaching it. I would love to play for no other reason but I’m just committed to this team. I’d love to get this back on track and be a part of it. And more than anything, function at a level that gives us a chance to win. And that’s basically it. If not, Tarvaris will do a great job. I have no doubts whatsoever. But I would love to be able to try and do it.”
How do you anticipate you’ll test it out?
“The thing is, Sunday, I’m still going to have a broken foot … a broken bone in my foot. And whether I play next week or not, we know next week it’ll be sore. You would assume by not playing it would continue to get a little bit better each day. so we’re going to continue to treat it. See how the symptoms continue to change over the course of the week. I’ve always had a knack for healing, I think, quicker than maybe most people. And mentally … I know, because I’m going back in history, that I’ve been able to play with different types of injuries that most people probably wouldn’t have attempted. And that kind of gives me a little bit of hope. Each time, whatever injury that may be, offers a different … the fact that I played a quarter and a half, maybe a little bit longer than that, the other night gives me a little bit of hope as well. But we’ll just kind of follow the symptoms. If the swelling and pain subside some, then, that will tell a lot. Then, maybe Friday. I don’t know yet. On Friday, we’ll just kind of see where we are. I anticipate going through a full practice.”
What does the streak mean to you?
“All I can say is, ‘Wow.’ I kind of lost count a long time ago. You know? I’m very proud of the streak. But it probably should have ended a long time ago. Numerous injuries, some I touched on. The only reason I 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. You know, I know it makes for good TV, talking about the streak. Will it end? Will this be the injury that stops him? Or whatever. You know, 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, its a crapshoot, and I’ve been able to overcome a lot of injuries, so I’m thankful I’ve been able to play however many games in a row. But it’s all about helping this team win and getting us back on track. That’s the only thing I’m concerned about.
What’s your sense as to how this decision will be made?
“Not real sure. But I don know, and I tell guys too, no one knows your body like you know it. No one knows how much it will hinder you. And again, this is a little different injury, so I don’t know how much it will affect me either way. But I know it’s worth considering to play. And I will be honest with myself as well as Brad when that time comes. And as I stand here before you, I don’t know if that’s pregame, right before kickoff or if it’s tomorrow. If tomorrow feels better than today, then to me that’s some hope. He’s the head coach, he makes those decisions. But I would think that would be an open dialogue deal: How do you feel? What do you think? And then weigh the options.”
Do you feel any differently about your decision to rejoin the Vikings now?
“No. I said this weeks back, once I decided to come, I knew that there was no guarantees. I would love to come in and have the same year as last year. I would love for our team … everyone’s hopes and expectations have been the Super Bowl. And that shouldn’t change. There’s still a lot of football left. We’ve dug ourselves a hole here — we all know that, for whatever reason. And I take as much responsibility as anyone. I’m not going to shy away from that. This could easily be an injury where I’m going to slip under the radar, see you later. Easy out. And people might think that. I want to play. and I want to help this team win. And I owe that to the guys. I owe that to myself.”
On the possibility of retirement:
“No, once again. I’m more committed today than I was before the injury. And I don’t mean that … I don’t want anyone to print I wasn’t committed last week. That’s not true. I’m just saying it would be easy to walk away or take a step back. There’s a chance I don’t play this week. 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 that bone will continue to be broken for quite awhile. 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. That’s what I came here for. For no other reason.”