|Thursday, October 3
Warner hopes to be back sooner than expected
ESPN.com news services
Doctors say that injured St. Louis quarterback Kurt Warner won't be playing for at least two months, but the two-time MVP for the Rams is saying otherwise.
Warner said Thursday that he figures it'll take just five weeks for the broken little finger on his throwing hand to heal.
"I believe that it's going to be sooner," Warner said. "Last time I was out for just five weeks and came back. So I'm believing that it'll be at least that quick, if not quicker. I'm going to stand on that."
When Warner broke the same finger two years ago, he missed five games. But doctors who performed surgery on Warner's finger this week said the latest injury will take longer to heal because the finger was broken in three places and was displaced.
During the 55-minute surgery on Tuesday, doctors inserted four pins to stabilize the broken finger, injured in the first quarter of Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
The pins will be removed in about six weeks and Warner will wear a splint on his right hand for most of that time.
The injury to the two-time league MVP was the latest blow for the defending NFC champions, who are 0-4, their worst start since 1963.