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Favre sitting out of Pro Bowl

Brett Favre said during the season that he felt like an "old man" at times because his back was aching, especially after a loss at home in November to the Atlanta Falcons. Because of the soreness that he had throughout the season, the Packers star quarterback has passed on playing in the NFL Pro Bowl Feb. 9 in Honolulu.<p>

Packers coach Mike Sherman said Favre does not have an disc problems in his lower back, but he said that he did receive treatment for it throughout the second half of the season. Favre again did not miss any games, extending his league record starting streak for quarterbacks to 157 regular season games and 173 overall.

Favre was scheduled to start for the NFC squad.

"It's documented (by the team's medical staff) that's been getting treatment on his back," Sherman told the Green Bay Press-Gazette. "I don't know how they can make him play."

Favre said he had trouble putting his socks on the next morning after he was sacked twice and threw three interceptions in a loss on Nov. 18 to Atlanta. Four days later, he was sacked twice and slammed to the turf by Lions defensive end Robert Porcher in a Thanksgiving Day win over Detroit. Favre was listed on the team's injury report the rest of the season.

Favre has been selected by players, fans and coaches to the Pro Bowl six times, including four times as the starter.

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