Vikings quarterback and amateur nude model Brett Favre sat out practice yesterday, thanks to tendonitis in his elbow. And if you were hoping that Favre would gut it out enough to throw a back-breaking pick in the fourth quarter against your Cowboys, you may be in for surprise:
Favre has been dealing with tendonitis in recent weeks and said before the practice he would be open to ending his NFL-record starting streak if he felt his presence on the field was hurting the team. The issue for Favre is that he needs to rest the elbow but every practice he misses means less time for him to work with a group of wide receivers he's still trying to get on the same page with.
Favre has long had a pattern of talking up an injury right after playing terribly. His bicep. His ankle. His elbow. All of those injuries have served to help Favre divert your attention away from his zillion picks and focus on his gritty grittiness.
He’ll almost certainly suit up against the Cowboys regardless, and that bodes well for Dallas’ pass rush. Favre was under relentless pressure most of the night against the Jets, and that pressure resulted in numerous errant throws. Favre also had two horrible fumbles, the kind of fumble Jake Delhomme would applaud. Despite pulling himself together at the end of the game, Favre remains extremely erratic, and that’s unlikely to change with his arm barely functional.
Favre’s backup is Tarvaris Jackson, and while Jackson has his issues, it’s fair to say he may be a better option for Minnesota right now because of his quickness and ability to elude the rush. If Favre really does decide to sit this one out, or if he gives way somewhere in the middle of the game, you could see a wildly different offense with Jackson at the helm. I think both Favre and Brad Childress will do anything to prevent that from happening, lest it open the door for a QB controversy. But you never know if the injury really could force Favre’s hand this time.
So stash away those Favre voodoo dolls, you Cowboys fans. Because this is one game that I dare say you’d be more than happy to see the old Land Baron participate in.
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