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Holmgren feels Favre will play; rare trip to Seattle; Hawk stats

Being a witness to Packers quarterback Brett Favre's picking himself up from a serious injury and playing in the next game is nothing new for Mike Holmgren.

The Seattle head coach saw Favre show tremendous resilience on five occasions when Holmgren was Favre's first head coach in Green Bay from 1992 to '98. Favre helped the Packers win four of those five games on the heels of suffering a physical setback.

Favre, who has started 251 straight games (including playoffs), a league record for quarterbacks, is expected to play Monday night against Holmgren and the Seahawks, eight days after he suffered a game-ending right elbow injury late in the first half of a 35-0 loss to New England. It would be the 15th time Favre came back from an injury to keep the starting streak intact. The Packers have won nine of the 14 games under those circumstances.

Holmgren told Wisconsin reporters in a conference call Wednesday that he has no doubt Favre will play Monday.

"There's only one guy that will know if he's not 100 percent, maybe two -- maybe (Packers team doctor) Pat McKenzie and Brett," Holmgren said. "With that type of injury, I've seen him get hurt worse than that, and he comes back and plays. So, if I understand what happened to his elbow, it was kind of a funny-bone, nerve type of thing. But, he's a tough guy, and we're preparing for Brett Favre to play."

Provided Favre gives it a go Monday, he will raise the number of NFL stadiums in which he has played during his 16-year career to 42.

First visit to Qwest, other notes
The Packers are paying their first visit to Seattle's Qwest Field. The last time they played the Seahawks on the road was in 1996, notching a 31-10 victory at the since-demolished Kingdome en route to winning Super Bowl XXXI under Holmgren.

-- The Packers are 3-1 against Holmgren since he bolted for Seattle in 1999. Holmgren won the first meeting that season, 27-7 on "Monday Night Football" at Lambeau Field.

The Packers, though, have won the last three meetings, all since 2003.

-- Green Bay hasn't won on the road in an outdoor venue against a team with a winning record since it beat San Francisco 20-14 on Dec. 15, 2002.

-- With a longer week in front of them, Packers head coach Mike McCarthy gave the players and his staff Thursday off for Thanksgiving. The team had its normal Wednesday practice, then will close the week with practices Friday and Saturday before heading to Seattle.

-- Here's proof that coaches aren't necessarily prone to inflate a defensive player's stats after reviewing film of a game:

Packers linebacker A.J. Hawk was officially credited with eight tackles Sunday against the Patriots, four fewer than the game-high total awarded by press-box statisticians on game day at Lambeau Field.

Hawk leads the team with 98 tackles this season, putting him on the verge of becoming only the seventh rookie to attain 100 since the team started tracking tackles in 1975. The century club includes Rich Wingo (166 in 1979), Nick Barnett (134 in 2003), Johnnie Gray (123 in 1975), Michael Hunt (111 in 1978), Brian Noble (104 in 1985) and John Anderson (102 in 1978).

100 -- Touches by Packers running back Ahman Green since his last fumble, in Week 3 at Detroit on Sept. 24.

"I think I'm just disappointed. I know I'm still the No. 2 (guy), and I'm sure Brett will play this week. But, it's the day-to-day working with the scout team, watching the film, preparing (to be) one play away each week, I'm going to miss that and, hopefully, won't take it for granted."
-- QB Aaron Rodgers when asked this week whether he felt star-crossed after suffering a season-ending broken left foot Sunday after replacing an injured Brett Favre late in the first half of a 35-0 loss to New England.

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