Favre doesn't have time for the pain

If a knee to his hamstring isn't going to slow down Brett Favre, then why should a couple-year-old shoulder injury?

Packers coach Mike Sherman on Monday confirmed Favre's postgame diagnosis of the hamstring injury: nothing more than a charley horse. The injury occurred midway through the fourth quarter Sunday when Colts pass rusher Dwight Freeney inadvertently kneed Favre's left hamstring.

"He's got a bruise the size of a golf ball that caused a charley horse reaction," said Sherman of the injury that sent Favre to the sideline for good late in the fourth quarter with the Packers trailing by two touchdowns.

Meanwhile, Favre disclosed for the first time after Sunday's game that he has been bothered for a couple of seasons by a nagging injury to his left (nonthrowing) shoulder. The injury became evident after Favre's fourth-quarter touchdown pass to Donald Driver. Instead of his customary both-arms-up celebrations, Favre's left arm hung limp. The shoulder dislocates itself from time to time but finds its way back to where it belongs.

"If it was my right one, I wouldn't be playing," Favre said. "But I feel like Mel Gibson in ‘Lethal Weapon.' It's just kind of loose and kind of wobbles around and pops out from time to time. As long as it pops back, I'm OK."

OK enough to make his 193rd consecutive regular-season start Sunday against the New York Giants.

"I knew about it last year," said Sherman. "Anytime No. 4 has an injury, there's a level of concern. I ask him about it and our doctors check on it. But he's not overly concerned about it. It doesn't detract from his performance. It's something he might have looked at when he retires some day. Or, if it causes him an issue, it will get looked at sooner, but it hasn't been an issue to date."

Favre also mentioned the possibility of surgery. In fact, he considered it after last season but thought an off-season of rest would cure the problem.

"But when I started training camp, it actually felt worse than it did at the end of the season," Favre said. "But so far the worst of it is doing the half-touchdown (celebration). I can live with that."

It's said that time heals all wounds, not so in Favre's case.

"It's been hurting for about two years. It's just that with each day that passes, believe it or not, it gets worse and worse," Favre said.

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