Teammates of Brett Favre were still talking Monday about the fiery quarterback's pre-game speech Sunday morning before the Packers hammered the Detroit Lions, 31-6, at Lambeau Field.
"We never hear Brett," wide receiver
Robert Ferguson said. "He's a silent leader. He leads with action. When he
speaks, everyone listens. It pumped everyone up: defense, offense, special
teams, the coaches."
Favre downplayed his talk but did admit
that he had never provided this kind of verbal motivation for a team in his 13
"Never like today," he said sheepishly. "Don't put
me on the spot now, saying, 'Favre can take it to a new level if he talked
more.' This was just one time."
His message was mostly about not
blowing the season before it started. A defeat would have sent the Packers
reeling at 0-2 at home and 0-2 against the division.
cheap to me," Favre said. "I firmly believe the team doesn't need that every
week because I'm not going to do it. If other guys want to talk, fine. What
matters are wins and losses. I hope the guys know that."
Michael Hawthorne, who was waived this month by New Orleans, was added to the
roster. He replaces cornerback Chris Johnson, who went on injured reserve
Saturday with a knee injury. Hawthorne, 26, started six of 28 games for the
Saints in the last three years.
--WR Robert Ferguson aggravated
his week-old knee injury against Detroit in the second half. His status will be
determined at mid-week.
--LB Na'il Diggs suffered a sprained
medial collateral ligament in his left knee. "We don't think it's serious,"
coach Mike Sherman said Monday. "He'll be listed as probable pending results of
--TE Wesley Walls left the Detroit game when he
aggravated his bad hamstring. Coach Mike Sherman said it was possible the
Packers might have to sit him down for a week to heal it.
Nick Luchey pulled a calf muscle in practice last Thursday and was inactive
Sunday. His status remained up in the air. William Henderson took all the snaps
in Luchey's absence and had a strong game as a blocker.
NOTE: "I think we just came out to play together today. Everybody took the field
as one. Last week was kind of a wake-up call for us." -- LB Na'il Diggs.
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