Favre sits out of practice

Quarterback, team 'not concerned' about shoulder soreness

Brett Favre was in Green Bay, but did not participate in practice today or yesterday in the team's practices. The quarterback has experienced some shoulder soreness, but neither coach Mike McCarthy nor Favre nor the team doctors are very concerned.

As scheduled, Favre participated in nine of the days and seven of the team's nine practices thus far. The Packers finish up their OTA practices next Monday and Tuesday in Green Bay.

"Conditioning wise, he's probably in better shape than last year," said McCarthy, who downplayed the shoulder soreness. "(Dr.) Pat McKenzie is not concerned about it, so I'm not concerned."

Favre's presence in practices and meetings in the past few weeks has been invaluable, McCarthy said. It has given both Favre and the younger receivers a better chance to get familiar with each other, on and off the field.

Favre, addressing reporters after practice, says that the OTA practices have been helpful, and that is conditioning for this time of year is somewhat ahead of schedule.

"Obviously, I'm not in opening day shape right now, but I feel pretty good," Favre said. Favre plans to work out with personal trainer, like he did last year, when he returns to his home in Hattiesburg, Miss., next week. He will be in Green Bay through the weekend when he hosts his annual charity softball game Sunday in Grand Chute.

"I'd like to think that I'm in as good, if not better shape right now (than last year). My weight is probably as good as it's been."

Favre said that he currently weighs 220 pounds, way down from his weight of 236 pounds when the Packers won the Super Bowl after the 1996 season. "I probably had a little different weight on me at the time," Favre deadpanned.

"I feel great. I've probably taken better care of myself," said Favre. "I have to admit that I kind of eat what I want. I just don't eat a lot of it. I don't kill myself in the weight room, or cardio, but I do enough. Once training camp gets closer, I'll increase it (workouts) more."

Favre said that he threw the ball better with each of the seven OTA practices that he has participated in the past few weeks.

"I didn't come away from one practice thinking I've got a ways to go," Favre said. "I came away with the thought after each practice of, ‘That was good, physically and mentally.' I got out of it what I wanted to get out of it. I wasn't going to the Pro Bowl after any of these practices, but I got a lot out of it."


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