Favre's start streak likely to continue

Packers coach Mike McCarthy expects Brett Favre to be ready to start Sunday's game against St. Louis.

Brett Favre, who was knocked woozy when he was hit with about 6 minutes left in Monday's loss at Philadelphia, is expected to practice Wednesday as the Packers begin preparations for Sunday's home game against St. Louis.

McCarthy said Favre likely will be listed as probable on the initial injury report, meaning there's at least a 75 percent chance he will make his 246th consecutive start (including playoffs).

"I haven't personally seen him, but I think he'll be fine," McCarthy said while meeting with reporters Tuesday as part of a news conference to announce the release of Ahmad Carroll.

Favre was hit by defensive tackle Juqua Thomas — Thomas hit Favre's right arm hard as Favre was following through on a pass, which likely led to the stinger McCarthy said Favre suffered. He also might have sustained a slight concussion, the coach said.

Favre walked off the field with his head slumped and his right shoulder a bit lower than the left. Tight end Bubba Franks helped guide Favre off the field as the punting unit came on.

In other injury news, McCarthy said receiver Robert Ferguson (foot) and linebacker Abdul Hodge (knee) would be listed as doubtful (25 percent chance of playing) and receiver Donald Driver (rib, hip), tight end Donald Lee (knee) and linebacker Ben Taylor (hamstring) would be questionable (50 percent chance of playing).

The news on Ferguson is actually encouraging. He told reporters after Monday's game that he thought his foot was broken.

"It was an extremely physical football game. Our injury report will reflect that," McCarthy said.

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