Taking the prudent route with Favre

Posted by ESPN.com’s Kevin Seifert

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota coach Brad Childress isn’t going to play quarterback Brett Favre in Friday’s preseason finale against Dallas, and I can’t say I blame him.


Favre would probably realize some benefit from the additional snaps, but it’s not that simple. Playing Favre would also mean using the entire starting offensive line, at least, and probably tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, against what will probably be the Cowboys’ second-team defense. The benefits just don’t outweigh the potential for injury.

Favre has been with the team for only two weeks, but his performance Monday night at Houston convinced Childress he will be ready for the regular season when it begins Sept. 13. Favre will finish the preseason with about four quarters of playing time and after throwing 22 passes.

“I think we’ll be able to get enough work out here,” Childress said after practice Wednesday. “[Thursday], we’ll do a couple things with our starting group and I think what we do next week [in practice] will be OK. I just don’t see the upside of doing that. I thought he made a nice jump from week one to week two, and he’s showed he’s got a good understanding of things.”

Childress said he hasn’t decided who will start at quarterback but added that Tarvaris Jackson, Sage Rosenfels and John David Booty will all play. Overall, I wouldn’t expect too many recognizable names in the starting lineup.