FavreWatch: The conspicuously iced elbow

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- You don't see this every day: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre showed up to his weekly news conference Thursday wearing an ice bag on his right elbow. Although he plays in a league of teams that routinely downplay injuries, Favre placed his arm on top of the podium in full view of a handful of reporters and cameras set up for live broadcast.

It's not unusual for quarterbacks, like pitchers in baseball, to ice their arms and shoulders after practices. But Favre almost never does and has admitted as much. Thursday, he described his current condition as a "nag" but acknowledged that this issue is "with the throwing arm, so [it's] a little bit more of a concern." He said, "I've probably iced more in the last three weeks than I have in my whole career" and indicated he has been throwing more frequently than normal in practice because of constant shuffling among the receiving corps.

Favre, in fact, said he has spoken with coach Brad Childress and offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell about his high number of practice throws. If I didn't know any better, I would think Favre wanted the situation made public.

"I don't want to say I'm getting overly mental, but I want to be crisp," he said. "I want to be smart about it, but I do need the work. It's not like I'm throwing to these guys for 10 years. Brad and I and Darrell and I, we've talked about how many reps to take and things like that. But I've needed to take as many as I can for obvious reasons, but I'm trying to be smart about it. I'm not too overly concerned about it right now."

Favre missed the 2000 preseason because of elbow tendonitis. The exact nature of his current condition is unknown. Thursday, he was listed on the Vikings' injury report as a full participant despite ankle and elbow injuries.

I wouldn't hit the panic button on this one. But when a quarterback who almost never ices goes out of his way to demonstrate that he is now, it's worth noting.