Although Brett Favre suffered the latest in a string of injuries Sunday when he hurt his right hand, Green Bay Packers Coach Mike Sherman said yesterday he expects Favre to be in the lineup Sunday against the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field. Favre, the most durable quarterback in NFL history, hurt his passing hand during a 41-20 triumph over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday at Lambeau Field.
Sherman called the injury a sprain during his news conference yesterday at the Packers' training facility. "I believe he'll be fine for the ballgame," he said.
Favre has made 196 consecutive regular season starts, an NFL record for a quarterback (and 215 straight counting postseason games). It has been a difficult season, during which Favre has been knocked out of games by a badly bruised left leg and a concussion. He has played with an ailing left shoulder that has made even holding his arms above his head in a touchdown celebration painful.
He has had to face the death of his brother-in-law, Casey Tynes, after Tynes crashed an all-terrain vehicle on Favre's property in Mississippi.
Favre was hurt Sunday when he hit his hand on the helmet of another player, but he stayed in the game and completed 23 of 29 passes for 258 yards and two touchdowns.
"It doesn't feel too good right now,'' Favre said during his postgame news briefing Sunday. "I kind of hit it on a guy's helmet, and it jammed down here in the wrist. As the game progressed, it felt worse and worse and I started thinking about last year when I broke my thumb. . . . I was able to throw. It hurt probably the most taking the snap."
The Packers (3-4) have won two straight games after suffering through their first four-game losing streak under Sherman, their fifth-year coach who has served as the team's main offensive play-caller in recent weeks after offensive coordinator Tom Rossley underwent angioplasty. The arrangement is to continue against the Redskins.
The Packers have totaled 79 points and 914 yards in their wins over the Detroit Lions and the Cowboys. Green Bay rolled up 480 yards against the Cowboys and scored on each of its first seven possessions, with Rossley making suggestions to Sherman from the press box. Tailback Ahman Green ran for 163 yards, 90 of them on a third-quarter touchdown dash.
The Packers also were 3-4 after seven games last season, when Favre led them into the playoffs despite playing with a broken right thumb and enduring the death of his father, Irvin, in December.
"We're still under .500," Favre said. "As well as we've played the last two weeks, we still have a long ways to go. Hopefully, it's just a start. It won't get any easier from here."
The Packers' biggest injury concerns this week could be cornerback Al Harris and safety Darren Sharper. Each player's status is in doubt because of a sprained knee ligament.