GREEN BAY, Wis. -- No stranger to injuries, Brett Favre can add another ailment to his list: a charley horse-type injury on his left leg to go with a long-term bum left shoulder.
"If it was my right one, I wouldn't be playing. ... " Favre said. "But I feel like Mel Gibson in 'Lethal Weapon.' It's just kind of loose and kind of
wobbles around and pops out from time to time. As long as it pops
back, I'm OK."
Favre, who has started 211 consecutive games, including
playoffs, an NFL record for quarterbacks, was asked about the
shoulder after he winced and held his left arm lower when signaling
touchdown after one of his four TD throws Sunday.
"It's been hurting for about two years. It's just that with
each day that passes, believe it or not, it gets worse and worse,"
He said he considered surgery last winter but decided
against it, figuring rest was best.
"But when I started training camp, it actually felt worse than
it did at the end of the season," Favre said. "But so far the
worst of it is doing the half-touchdown [celebration]. I can live
Apparently, so can the Packers.
Coach-general manager Mike Sherman said Monday that he has been aware of the injury since last season.
"Anytime No. 4 has an injury, there's a level of concern,"
Sherman said. "He's not overly concerned by it. But it's always
been a concern of mine. I ask him about it. The doctor will check
on it. It doesn't detract from his performance.
"It's something that he might have looked at when he retires
someday. But if it causes him an issue, then it'll be looked at
sooner. But it hasn't been an issue."
Favre, who turns 35 in two weeks, is expected to make his 212th
straight start Sunday against the New York Giants. He has thrown
for 755 yards with six touchdowns and two interceptions so far.
He threw for 360 yards in his shootout with Peyton Manning on
Sunday, but missed the Packers' final series after defensive end
Dwight Freeney struck him on the back of the left leg on the
"He has a bruise there about the size of a golf ball that
probably caused a charley horse reaction. He couldn't really
maneuver after that," Sherman said. "So, we believe he'll be all