Favre returns to practice Friday

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre returned to practice Friday in Eden Prairie, Minn. after sitting out Wednesday and Thursday with a pair of fractures in his foot. Vikings coach Brad Childress said late Thursday that Friday was a key day in the decision on whether Favre would start Sunday against the New England Patriots.

Childress told ESPN's Ed Werder that the plan is to have Favre, who was spotted in a walking boot on Wednesday and Thursday, attempt to demonstrate on the practice field that he has some mobility. Then the Vikings' coaches will project how much he may improve over the next two days before kickoff against the New England Patriots.

Favre was on the field for drills on Friday. He had tape on his injured ankle.

Favre threw a few easy passes in warmups, but he didn't roll out or take any deep dropbacks while reporters were allowed to watch. At one point, someone tossed a ball Favre's way as he lightly jogged up the field and he was nimble enough to make a stutter-step catch after a slight jump.

Childress is scheduled to address reporters after practice, when the team must submit the final injury report of the week and list Favre as either probable, questionable, doubtful or out against the Patriots.