Knee news is good news

Packer coaches, players and fans breathed a sigh of relief Monday. Results of an MRI revealed that Brett Favre's knee ligament sprain is not severe and the quarterback should be able to make his 165th consecutive start when the Dolphins visit Lambeau Field Nov. 4.<P>

The test confirmed the team's original diagnosis of a sprained lateral collateral ligament and showed no structural damage to Favre's knee.

"Ice and rehab will be what's going on with him this week as he prepares for the Monday night Miami game," Packer coach Mike Sherman said.

"We'll be very cautious with it to make sure he's not at risk," Sherman said, "that he's ready to go when we do put him out there. The doctors have indicated that he will be fine for this game. As of right now, there's no indication that he would be out for this ballgame."

Favre is not expected to practice this week. Coach Sherman said he thinks Favre will return to practice at some point during the follow week's prep for Miami.

Favre was injured in the third quarter of the Packers' 30-9 victory Sunday over Washington when linebacker LaVar Arrington sacked him. Arrington jumped on Favre with all of his weight and wrestled him to the ground, and fellow linebacker Jeremiah Trotter also sandwiched Favre. Favre's leg got caught underneath him and was twisted in an awkward position. He left the field with a severe limp and was later taken into the locker room on a cart. He did not return to the game.


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