Favre still needs time

Will Brett Favre's cracked thumb jeopardize his iron man streak? The veteran QB, who continues to build on his record string of 180 consecutive regular-season starts, returned to practice with the team Monday but did not do any throwing.<p> Don't read too much into the lack of reps, coach Mike Sherman said. Favre is simply getting as much healing time as possible for the injury suffered at St. Louis.<P>

Favre, who was wearing a splint and a brace on his right hand, will be listed as probable on the team's injury report for its Week 9 matchup with Minnesota (6-1), coach Sherman said. He added that the QB isn't likely to attempt a regular passing load in practice until at least Thursday, although Favre did try a few tosses inside the Don Hutson Center before Monday's session.

"I'm not going to jeopardize his ability to throw on Sunday by pushing him too early," Sherman told the media after practice.

Sherman reported that the swelling in Favre's thumb has gone down and that both coach and player are optimistic.

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