Belichick expects Pats to face Favre

Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has a stress fracture in his left ankle that could end his NFL-record run at 291 consecutive games started -- 315 including the playoffs.

With the Vikings' next game Sunday in New England, the question was asked to Bill Belichick in his Monday press conference: Do you expect to see Favre on the field?

"Of course. He’s started 8,000 games in a row," Belichick responded. "Same thing we were all talking about with [Antonio] Gates last week. He wasn’t going to play and all that. I don’t think you can ever count players like that out. I don’t know when the last time Gates has missed a game. Favre, it’s like playing Lou Gehrig. Of course I expect him to be there."