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12P: Favre Expects To Start vs. Patriots; Lee Westwood Is World Golf No. 1

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Favre Expects To Start, Says Ankle Better

Vikings QB Brett Favre said he expects to start and he's had extensive discussions with the Vikings trainers and equipment staff about what can be done to allow him to play with two fractures in his left foot and ankle. Favre told our Ed Werder the pain has diminished to the point that he probably will not have an injection to numb the pain even though that was planned most of the week. He said he's not limping much and feels "pretty good." Most of the pain that remains is located in his toes rather than his ankle. So Favre told me they will tape the ankle heavily even though it will restrict his movement. In addition, Favre plans to wear a size 15 shoe -- one size larger than normal -- so that the equipment staff can reinforce the toe box to protect him in the event somebody steps on that left foot. Favre said they created a mold and put a liquid in there that will harden and have an effect similar to wearing a steel-toed shoe. Favre told Werder he doesn't know if he will be able to make it through the game and said he's prepared for Childress to replace him with backup Tavaris Jackson if he's ineffective.

Westwood Passes Tiger For World Golf No. 1

For the first time in more than five years, Tiger Woods is no longer golf's No. 1 player. Lee Westwood claimed the top ranking after PGA champion Martin Kaymer failed to finish among the top two Sunday at the Andalucia Masters in Spain. Westwood is the first European since Nick Faldo in 1994 to be No. 1, and the 13th to be No. 1 since the ranking system began in 1986. Woods had been at the top since the week before the 2005 U.S. Open. He has been going through his worst year on and off the course.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.