Favre ready to go without splint

QB getting used to playing without protection on broken thumb

Since breaking his right thumb in St. Louis, Brett Favre has experimented with different types of protective splints. Now he's experimenting with playing without reinforcement on the injured thumb for the first time in 11 weeks.

"It felt awkward, believe it or not," Favre said. "In some ways I had gotten used to the splint and felt protected."

Favre has not decided whether or not to wear the splint Sunday when the Packers take on the Seattle Seahawks in a first-round playoff game at Lambeau Field.

"The big test will be if I get it hit or bent a certain way," Favre said. "…Hopefully I won't have to find out."

If something seemed different for Favre at Wednesday's practice, it probably wasn't the splint, but the noticeable absences among his receiving corps. Donald Driver (ankle), Robert Ferguson (Achilles' tendon) and Javon Walker (knee and ankle) all sat out Wednesday's practice and are probable for Sunday's noon kickoff. They are all expected to play and were held out as a precaution.

"It's not a concern," Favre said of the receivers' absences. "I expect them to play. We want them as healthy as possible, so keeping them out is the best thing."

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