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Ailing Favre expects to start vs. Raiders; Packers backup QB Rodgers hurt

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre was back at practice on
Wednesday, but he wasn't quite ready to put his bruised elbow,
tingling throwing hand and tender shoulder to the test.

Meanwhile, it was learned Green Bay Packers backup quarterback
Aaron Rodgers could be unavailable for Sunday's game with the
Oakland Raiders and, perhaps, beyond.

Favre mostly handed off and threw a few short passes during the
portion of Packers practice that was open to the media. Apparently,
he didn't do much more afterward.

"It's about where I thought it would be, I guess," Favre said.
"Still sore, but I was encouraged today even though I didn't do a
great deal."

Favre bruised his right elbow and separated his non-throwing
left shoulder in the second quarter of the Packers' loss at Dallas
last Thursday and didn't return.

He missed practice on Tuesday, the team's first this week, but
not because of his injuries. Instead, he was in New York, picking
up his Sportsman of the Year award from Sports Illustrated
magazine.

Favre is expected to start zinging passes in practice starting
Thursday, allowing him to run his quarterback-record consecutive
starts streak to 250 (270 including playoff games) at Lambeau Field
on Sunday.

"There's still several days left, something crazy could
happen," Favre said. "But there have been other times that I was
injured where to me, it was more of a question whether or not I
could play than in this particular case. I expect each day to get a
little bit better."

The Packers' quarterback situation became even more complicated
on Wednesday when coach Mike McCarthy said Rodgers hurt his
hamstring on Tuesday and could be out a week or two. Rodgers was
18-of-26 for 201 yards and a touchdown in the 37-27 loss to Dallas.

The Packers had only two quarterbacks last week, but signed
Craig Nall, a former Favre backup who left the Packers as a free
agent after the 2005 season, over the weekend to provide depth.
Nall is cramming to learn McCarthy's offense and took the majority
of snaps in practice on Wednesday.

If Favre's injuries linger after the Packers have clinched a
playoff spot, which they would do with a victory on Sunday,
McCarthy indicated he would consider resting his quarterback and
possibly ending the streak.

"That would be something definitely worth the conversation or
consideration, because it's all about winning the world
championship," McCarthy said. "And I know that's his primary
focus also."

While Favre often has said he considers the streak the most
important of all his records, he downplayed its importance on
Wednesday. Favre said he wouldn't want to hurt the team just for
the sake of the streak and insisted he would take himself out of a
game if an injury kept him from playing up to his own high
standards.

"I want this team to win," Favre said. "I want to be the
quarterback, but I want to make the right decision."

Favre said he considered trying to return to the game against
Dallas, but ultimately agreed with the team doctors and decided to
sit out. He sustained a similar injury to the nerve in his throwing
elbow in a loss to the Patriots last year, and might be healing a
little faster this time.

"There's still a little bit of numbness and tingling, but what
little bit I did throw I felt better today than last year," Favre
said.

Then again, Favre said nerve injuries aren't as predictable as
muscle injuries.

"A lot of times, you're at the mercy of when the feeling comes
back," Favre said. "You can do all the massages and ice and heat
and all that, but it's just a matter of how quickly the nerve
responds. Based on last year, I anticipate it being OK. Do I think
it'll be completely well? I doubt it."

Meanwhile, Green Bay's upcoming opponent has quarterback questions of its own. Oakland
coach Lane Kiffin said Wednesday he's unsure whether Josh McCown or
Daunte Culpepper would get the nod against the Packers.

Each has started six games this season and are among the 16
quarterbacks to start a game for Oakland since Favre began his
streak on Sept. 27, 1992.

"In a perfect scenario and a perfect team, you have a guy that
starts all 16 games, and goes to the Pro Bowl, plays every snap,"
Kiffin said Wednesday. "I can't change that. I can't go back and
fix that, so we just deal with it. Fortunately, the last two
quarterbacks that have started for us have played well in those
games. That does comfort you, that regardless of who the starter
is, they played well, and it's a lot better scenario than trying to
figure out who your starter is and both guys are playing poorly. I
don't mind the situation we're in. It's not perfect, but it is what
it is."

Information from The Associated Press contributed to this story.