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Packers QB Favre plans to play despite pinched nerve

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Andy Reid figured something must have
been wrong if old pal Brett Favre didn't say hello to him on the
field after their game Monday night.

So the Philadelphia Eagles coach called Favre on Tuesday to make
sure he was OK.

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"I said, 'Yeah, one of your guys cheap-shotted me,' which is
not true," Favre said. "But he said, 'Yeah, he hit you pretty
good."'

Favre is still feeling the effects of the pinched nerve and
possible slight concussion he sustained after he was hit hard in
the Green Bay Packers' loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. Favre sat
out most of practice Wednesday, but figures he'll be able to play
against the St. Louis Rams on Sunday.

"A little sore, but I'll be fine," said Favre, who has started
an NFL quarterback record 245 straight games, including the
playoffs.

Favre left the game after taking a hard hit from Eagles
defensive lineman Juqua Thomas. He doesn't remember much about the
play.

"It's hard for me to diagnose [a concussion]. Because the only thing I remember is my right arm and neck were kind of going numb, which is, I don't know, a pinched nerve or whatever. But my head was ringing pretty good, too. It felt like I'd gotten smushed between two helmets."
-- Brett Favre on his injury

"I would like to tell you what happened, I got the
you-know-what knocked out of me," Favre said. "But I haven't seen
the play yet."

Favre had a headache after the game, and still had soreness in
his neck and shoulder on Wednesday. And it still hurts when he
turns his head a certain way.

He is listed as probable on the injury report.

"I know turning my head to the right, I can only go so far,"
Favre said. "But fortunately, I'm looking that way when I throw.
Most of the time. So we'll see."

Favre said he might have had a slight concussion, but isn't
certain.

"It's hard for me to diagnose that," Favre said. "Because the
only thing I remember is my right arm and neck were kind of going
numb, which is, I don't know, a pinched nerve or whatever. But my
head was ringing pretty good, too. It felt like I'd gotten smushed
between two helmets."

Favre participated in the walk-through portion of practice on
Wednesday, but sat out team drills.

"I know turning my head to the right, I can only go so far. But fortunately, I'm looking that way when I throw. Most of the time. So we'll see."
-- Brett Favre on his status for Sunday

"I'm hopeful he'll go tomorrow," Packers coach Mike McCarthy
said. "He's just sore today."

Favre said he spent time in the steam room Tuesday. But beyond
that, he says there isn't much more he can do to help his injuries
heal more quickly.

"You can't ice a pinched nerve and concussion," Favre said.

Favre didn't talk to reporters after the 31-9 loss to the Eagles
-- only in part because he wasn't feeling well.

"Under the circumstances, I really didn't feel like talking,
not to mention how I felt physically too," Favre said. "I think I
was all there, but not there, if you know what I mean."

Favre completed 22 of 44 passes for 205 yards before he was
injured. The Packers held a 9-7 lead going into halftime, but the
offense was shut out and the defense crumbled in the second half.

After four games, Favre said the Packers (1-3) are struggling to
figure out what kind of team they want to be on offense.

"Could we call plays differently? Could we execute plays
differently? Could we have played a lot better? I'm sure we're all
at fault in this," Favre said. "At this point, we are struggling
to find our identity offensively. What can we do in certain
situations? If we're up, can we pound the ball -- before we could on
third-and-long. Do we have a good third-and-long team? In the red
zone, we're questionable right now. There are a lot of areas where
there's some good execution and good things are happening, but
we're not closing the deal."

Under Mike Holmgren, Favre was used to throwing a lot of short
passes and screens, and the running game took a back seat. The
running game played a bigger role under Mike Sherman, but Favre
said that became a disadvantage when they fell behind in games.

Now, Favre says, the Packers are stuck somewhere between.
McCarthy wants to run the ball, but the team is struggling to do
so.

"I think we're trying to do a little bit of both," Favre said.
"We're trying to establish the run, but not to the extent of
hampering our offensive scoring. I know we're not scoring a lot of
points, but at what point do you abandon the run and stick to the
pass? I don't know. When you fall behind you have to start
throwing."

McCarthy said that even though the Packers have thrown the ball
a lot in the first four games, they still want to base their
offense on running.

"Our starting point will always be running the football,"
McCarthy said.

Favre and McCarthy are talking about ideas to improve the
offense. But Favre said it's hard to put in new ideas when the
team's younger players aren't consistently executing the plays
they've already been taught.

"Great ideas are just that, great ideas," Favre said. "I have
them, too. Mike and I have discussed a lot of things I think we can
do, then it comes down to can we protect on this play, can we do
this or can we do that?"

Favre is patient, but running out of time.

"I understand completely we can't throw too much out there for
our guys right now, because we're not really executing what we're
putting in front of them now," Favre said. "At times, yeah. At
other times, no. Once again, our schedule just gets tougher and we
have to be good at what we do."