Packers expect Favre to recover in time for game against Oakland, keep streak alive Print
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Friday, 30 November 2007 13:07
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 GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) -Packers quarterback Brett Favre is expected to start against the Oakland Raiders on Dec. 9 and keep alive his record streak for consecutive starts.
``Just to quote the medical staff, his streak is not in danger. He'll be OK,'' coach Mike McCarthy said Friday, the day after Favre was knocked out of the Packers' 37-27 loss at Dallas with elbow and shoulder injuries.
The streak, which dates to 1992, stands at 249 games (269 including playoffs) and is a league record for quarterbacks.
McCarthy said Favre would have re-entered the game Thursday had something happened to Aaron Rodgers, who played in relief the last 2 1/2 quarters.
Favre was diagnosed Friday with a bruised right elbow. He also aggravated a separated left shoulder, which he originally injured 15 years ago, on a hit by blitzing Dallas cornerback Nate Jones in the second quarter.
McCarthy said the medical staff didn't indicate any nerve damage in the elbow, a fear after the game Thursday night.
``It has more to do with the belly of the muscle around the elbow. It's not as severe as last year,'' McCarthy said.
Favre had nerve damage in the same elbow against New England in November 2006 and didn't finish the game. Favre, who hasn't finished seven games during the starting streak because of injury, was at Lambeau Field for treatment Friday.
After the game, he said he lost feeling in the last two fingers of his right hand following the hit from Jones. He had started to regain feeling in the hand Friday, McCarthy said.
The coach is optimistic the extended break between games will allow the league's only three-time MVP time to heal.
``Anytime you have a player go down in the game and you receive the news this morning that he'll be able to play in 10 days, that's a big sense of relief, especially when it's your quarterback,'' McCarthy said.
The Packers have only two quarterbacks, with receiver Ruvell Martin as an emergency backup.
Rodgers directed two touchdown drives as the Packers rallied from a 27-10 deficit to get within 27-24 in the third quarter.
 

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