Favre takes a ribbing

Brett Favre and the Vikings are officially under the microscope, with the quarterback's words and actions being dissected at every turn, even in the span of six hours. He explains on a couple of fronts.

If there is one thing that is becoming apparent about Brett Favre, it's that his words and actions are under the microscope with fans and media alike. In the span of about six hours, his words from the weekend were the biggest talker, only to be overshadowed by his actions during Monday night's game.

Favre's words became a national sports topic Monday afternoon when ESPN's Michelle Tafoya said Favre thinks he could have a cracked rib, an injury suffered on his final play in the second preseason game. Favre made that revelation during a production meeting with ESPN on Saturday.

After the game, Favre and head coach Brad Childress downplayed that statement and sentiment.

"I said if there was ever a time that I could have got a cracked rib or wanted to stay down on the turf, that was it. I have no idea," Favre explained. "There is nothing you can do about it, first of all. I really don't believe it is (cracked). It doesn't feel great, but I think I'll be fine."

Favre hasn't had X-rays to determine if it is cracked and said there is nothing that could be done if it was. He played through the pain on Monday and said he will continue to play with it.

"He was fine to my knowledge, so I didn't have any reservations about playing him and playing extensively," Childress said.

The ribs didn't seem to be a factor in Favre's final series of the game, when he threw his body into the knees of Eugene Wilson, sending the Texans safety hobbling to the sidelines and drawing a 15-yard penalty for a crackback block.

"Percy was running my way," Favre said when asked why he threw that block. "Believe me, I hope (Wilson) is OK. I hope it didn't look as bad on film as it may have seemed. But my intentions, believe me, were not to hurt anyone, including myself. Percy was running my way, I was out there.

"There are going to be those people who say you should have done nothing, get out of the way. But I think had I not blocked anyone and just got out of the way and Percy gets hurt and gets hit, I think that looks worse. But, once again, I hope he's OK. My intentions, believe me, were not to be cheap."

Being put under the microscope is this question: Why would the Vikings run a play that has Favre responsible for blocking out on the edge, where he could get hurt?

"I haven't spent a lot of time with him on a blocking sled in the last 10 days," Childress said. "… That's my bad. I'll take that one."


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