QB's thumb not worse, not better

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre's broken right thumb has
become a sore subject.

Green Bay coach Mike Sherman said Wednesday there's been no
change in the X-rays on Favre's thumb even after he banged it on
guard Mike Wahle's helmet Sunday at Tampa Bay.

"He is not re-injuring the thumb," Sherman said. "He hurts
the thumb and it's painful. But as far as the injury is concerned,
it's the same injury. That's not changing."

Sherman said he anticipates it will be another four weeks before
Favre's thumb is healed.

Favre sat out practice Wednesday to give the thumb an extra day of rest. It was the fourth Wednesday practice Favre has missed or practiced sparingly in since breaking the thumb Oct. 19, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Favre broke the thumb at St. Louis on Oct. 19, and he's clearly
tired of talking about it.

"I'm not a doctor, it looks the same as last week," he said.
"I don't know if it was going to change much anyway now that I got
it hit. It doesn't really feel any different. It's still sore. But
it was OK."

Favre said he hasn't talked to team doctor Patrick McKenzie
about the injury since he first learned of the fracture Oct. 20.

"I figured, heck if I can play, who cares? He looked at X-rays
today and I didn't even talk to him about it because I figured I'm
fine," Favre said.

Favre declined to have an operation to insert a pin that would
have sidelined him for several weeks and ended his consecutive
starts streak, which now stands at 200, counting playoffs, an NFL
record for a quarterback.

"At some point, it's got to start calcifying and he said it may
heal like it looks on the screen, which would be a result of not
actually going in and putting it right back to where it originally
was (through surgery)," Favre said. "But that doesn't mean you
can't function.

"Obviously, we would have had surgery if I couldn't function
without having it back in the actual place."

Favre played great against the Rams after breaking it on the team's
first series and then returned after the bye week to throw for
three touchdowns at Minnesota.

But he fumbled three times in rainy weather two weeks ago in a
loss at home to Philadelphia and was just 13-of-28 for 92 yards in
a victory at Tampa Bay on Sunday.

"Trust me, I would much rather take the win than to throw for
350 yards and 70 percent completion and four touchdowns and lose,"
Favre said. "Other guys may have been content with that. I'll take
92 yards passing and beat those guys any day of the week."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.