Keeping the arm quiet

Training camp and preseason aren't exactly what Packer personnel have in mind for showcasing Brett Favre's arm for a 12th season in Green Bay. Save it for when it counts, is the clear message from the coaching staff, which plans to limit the QB's summer schedule.<p>

"We need to be smart with him and his arm," said coach Mike Sherman.

Coaches have devised a limited plan in an effort to avoid problems with tendonitis which plagued Favre in 2000. Sherman and offensive coordinator Tom Rossley have scheduled in periodic days off for Favre during camp, just as they have the past two seasons.

"We can't forget the fact that he's two seasons removed from tendonitis, and I want to keep abreast of that," Sherman said. "So, we'll be very cautious with him."

Favre said he hasn't experienced a recurrence of the problem because he did not throw much in the past six weeks while at home in Mississippi.

"I feel fine," Favre said. "I'm not trying to go out in preseason games and break any records. I would like to play a little bit. Maybe there's one or two things from last year that you struggled with that you can get better at, I'm always trying to find those things."

A limited role for Favre should result in more reps and more competition in the backup QB derby. Doug Pederson, Craig Nall and Akili Smith will see more on-field time as a result.


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