No offseason surgery for Favre

Coach Mike Sherman says Brett Favre has healing powers. Team doctors must agree, because the QB will not require off-season surgery to repair his broken right thumb, Sherman announced at his press conference Wednesday.<p>

Favre suffered a hairline fracture near the tip of the thumb on his throwing hand early in the Packers' Oct. 19 contest at St. Louis. Favre played the rest of that game, then was cleared to play the remaining 11 weeks with a protective splint covering the thumb.

Originally surgery was a viable option, but the injury has progressed and is expected to heal on its own in the offseason.

"He has healing powers beyond all of us," Sherman said of his quarterback. "I'm not trying to be funny – it's really true.

Playing through the injury, Favre was able to extend his NFL record starting streak to 208 games including post-season.

"The guy is a freak of nature in regards to his body. That's why I have confidence that he'll play for quite a while."

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