Brett Favre Wants To Play This Weekend Against New England Patriots Despite Broken Ankle

Brett Favre's NFL-record starting streak of 291 consecutive games appears to be in danger of coming to an end.

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Report: Brad Childress Leaning Towards Starting Tarvaris Jackson Against New England

Judd Zulgad of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is reporting that Minnesota Vikings’ head coach Brad Childress is, apparently, leaning towards starting Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback this Sunday against the New England Patriots. Such a move would end Brett Favre’s streak of consecutive starts at 291.

Chip Scoggins, also of the Star-Tribune, is reporting that Favre did some “stretching and light throwing” for about ten minutes at this morning’s practice, whatever that means.

Favre really wants to play this Sunday, but depending on his level of involvement in today’s practice, Jackson will have taken all of the first-team snaps and been the main quarterback involved in the installation of the game plan.

We’ll learn more about Favre’s chances to play today when the final injury reports for Sunday are released.

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Brett Favre Wants To Play This Weekend Against New England Patriots

Brett Favre didn’t practice for the Minnesota Vikings on Wednesday, but that does not necessarily mean he won’t play this weekend.

“I would love to play,” Favre told the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad. “There’s a chance I don’t play. That’s no secret to anyone. I want to play. I want to do what I can this week to get myself ready to play. I know the bone will continue to be broken for quite a while. I’ve done it in the past. I think I can do it again. I just want to help this team get back on track.”

It might not be up to Favre, though, according to Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress.

Asked how much of the decision would be up to Favre and how much would be up to him, Childress said: “You have to weigh both. What he’s telling you. I’ve said before. Sometimes you have to protect people from themselves as well.”

It doesn’t seem as though Favre believes he needs protection from himself, however, as long as he knows his limitations.

“I know I’ll keep an open mind about it and be smart about it,” said Favre, who made it clear he is proud of the streak. “I don’t want to go out and play just to play and look back and say, ‘I should have known better, I couldn’t make that play.’ I do know that if I didn’t have a hurt foot, I’m not going to rush for 50 yards and with a broken foot, I’m not going to rush for 50 yards. We do know that, so there are some limitations that really won’t change.”

It almost sounds like it might come down to Favre versus Childress for who decides if the quarterback plays this weekend.

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Tarvaris Jackson Says He's Ready If Brett Favre Can't Play This Week

If Brett Favre is unable to play for the Minnesota Vikings this weekend due to his ankle injury, backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson told the Associated Press that he will be ready.

“Brett, he’s a warrior, so I’d be real surprised if he don’t play,” Jackson said, “but I’m going to be ready to play if my number is called.”

Ignoring the grammatical error, Jackson hasn’t had much success for the Vikings in his first two shots at being the Vikings quarterback, but he insists he’s improved.

“I’m not Brett, and I understand that and a lot of the stuff that he sees I probably won’t see,” Jackson said. “But I’m a different player. I can move around a little bit more. Good things will come my way. I know I’m not going to go out there and operate the same way he’s going to operate, but I feel like I’ve learned a lot from him. I’m not going to try to be him. I learned a lot from him that will help me play and be better.”

If nothing else, Jackson is probably one of the few people left that believe the Vikings can still compete for a Super Bowl this season.

“I’m not looking forward to next year right now. Just try to do our best right now. Just try to win a Super Bowl this year,” Jackson said.

If nothing else, this weekend should be interesting.

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