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Favre: I think I'll be fine

Posted by: under Vikings, Packers, Brad Childress, Vikings offense, Brad Childress, Brett Favre, Tarvaris Jackson Updated: November 11, 2009 - 1:01 PM

Quarterback Brett Favre said today he thinks he will be fine after injuring his groin the Wednesday before the Vikings' 38-26 victory over Green Bay in Week 8. Interestingly, Favre said it's the first time in his 19-year career he has dealt with such an injury. 

"That's something that for me, I've always said, you have to have muscles to pull them," Favre said during his midweek news conference at Winter Park. "Either that's a sign of old age or I'm developing muscles for the first time in my career. It was a concern for the game, I made it through. With a week's rest I think I'll be fine. But I'm not going to make it a bigger issue than it is. It's kind of a new thing for me. To play 18 some-odd years and not have anything like that that probably worried me more than anything. But I think I'll be fine."

Asked how he hurt his groin, Favre said: "I'd like to say it was in a full-tackling drill but it was a lot less than that. It was really just a half walk-through rolling out to the right. It's like when you wake up in the morning and you're putting your shoes on and your back gives out for no apparent reason. That's kind of what it was."

This isn't necessarily good news if you're a Vikings fan. There has been concern about whether the 40-year-old Favre can stay healthy for an entire season. He struggled with a biceps tendon injury in the second half of last season with the Jets and although Favre doesn't seem concerned about the groin it's these types of aches and pains that have to be cause for concern. One has to think Favre is going to be limited in practice today as a precaution and very well could be limited for the rest of the season.

So back to the Packers game. The way Favre relayed the story to King it was unclear if the quarterback thought he might not be able to start or if he was just worried about being able to play the entire game. Turns out it was the latter. But did Favre ever really think for one second he might not be able to play in what marked his return to Lambeau?

"When I did it actually here on Wednesday, right away I went in, wrapped it up and started getting treatment," he said. "I didn't even push it until Sunday. I kind of went through the motions [in practice] and thought when I went out in pregame that it would be fine. So once I just kind of turned it loose in pregame, was dropping back is when I kind of felt it aggravate again. I'm like, 'Oh, boy.' Because it's hard enough getting stretch plays out to Adrian [Peterson] on two good legs or having to move around in the pocket or make some plays that I know I may attempt.

"Chilly [head coach Brad Childress] saw it, I talked to [offensive coordinator] Darrell [Bevell]. I know it's been publicized, I talked to [Tarvaris Jackson] and said, 'Hey, just be ready' ... .There have been other times in my career where I thought, 'I don't know if I can play with a broken thumb but I'm going to try it at least first.' I didn't want to have to go into the game and [after] every drive or [when] leave the huddle and say, 'I have to play a little bit cautious this way or I hope I can get this handoff out there.' And it bothered me through the game but not as much I thought it might."

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