Favre still the one, Sherman says

Coach defends veteran quarterback

Brett Favre is banged up and beaten, but he is not out as the starting quarterback of the Green Bay Packers.

Mike Sherman spent most of his Monday press conference defending the veteran quarterback. Favre threw two interceptions and fumbled the ball away twice Sunday in a 19-7 loss to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. Favre struggled for the second straight game and finished with his second-worst passer rating of the year.

"He's always trying to win football games, he's still trying to win football games," Sherman said. "He's always been somewhat of a risk-taker his entire career. He's taking his shots and he's made his fair share of shots. But I would hate to think, based on our current situation that would accelerate that."

Favre sustained a cut to his throwing hand and a bruised forearm, but he is expected to start this Sunday evening against the Detroit Lions at Lambeau Field.

Sherman also said today that he will not give Aaron Rodgers playing time unless the game is out of hand. Rodgers played in Green Bay's 52-3 blowout over the New Orleans Saints this season, but that has been it. Sherman said the games have been too close this season for him to pull Favre just to give Rodgers experience.

"We're going to keep playing out and trying to win football games," Sherman said.

Favre has thrown 21 interceptions this season compared to 19 touchdowns. Favre has completed a respectable 62.3 percent of his passes this season and has a 75.9 passer rating overall. He has played most of the season without top receiver Javon Walker, and running backs Ahman Green and Najeh Davenport.

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