Favre expects to play against Rams

Brett Favre said Wednesday that he has a mild concussion and a pinched nerve in his neck, but otherwise will be ready to play Sunday against the St. Louis Rams at Lambeau Field. The veteran quarterback was injured Monday night against the Philadelphia Eagles.

"There's nothing (treatment-wise) you can do for it. You can't ice a pinched nerve and concussion," Favre said.

He did some light throwing at the start of practice Wednesday, but the medical staff erred on the side of caution in holding Favre out of team segments. He's probable for the game and expects to log his 246th straight start, a league record for quarterbacks that includes postseason appearances.

Head coach Mike McCarthy was hopeful Favre, who turns 37 on Oct. 10, would be able to practice today.

Still, Favre's condition two days after he absorbed a double whammy in the pocket late in the Packers' 31-9 loss at Philadelphia on Monday night can't be treated lightly. He was coping with a splitting headache in the wee hours after the game and acknowledged that soreness in his neck and shoulder had yet to subside.

Favre said he has little recollection of the jolt he took from Eagles defensive end Juqua Thomas.

"I would like to tell you what happened," Favre said. "I got the you-know-what knocked out of me, but I haven't seen the play yet."

Thomas, who beat right tackle Mark Tauscher off the edge, hit the top of Favre's right (throwing) arm as he released the football. Favre's head then was wedged between Thomas and the back side of left tackle Chad Clifton.

"The only thing I remember is my right arm and neck were kind of going numb," Favre said of symptoms consistent with a pinched nerve. "But, my head was ringing pretty good, too. It felt like I'd gotten smooshed between two helmets."

Favre walked off the field under his own power, albeit visibly dazed, after the incomplete pass on third down. Head coach Mike McCarthy kept him on the sideline for the Packers' final series.

Favre admitted that he was out of sorts following the game, which kept him from speaking to the media until Wednesday.

Eagles head coach Andy Reid, who was Green Bay's quarterbacks coach in 1997 and '98, called Favre on Tuesday night to make sure his former prized pupil was all right.

Reid told Favre: "I knew something was wrong if you didn't come over (when the game ended) and talk to me."

"I said, 'Yeah, one of your guys cheap-shotted me,' which is not true," Favre related. "But, he said, 'Yeah, he hit you pretty good.'"

Favre has managed to soldier on with an assortment of injuries in the last several years to keep the starting streak intact. He acknowledged, though, that the pinched nerve, should it linger until Sunday, could affect his ability to throw.


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