During his press conference two weeks ago at Winter Park, Favre was asked about the importance of his record for consecutive starts and, in the process of explaining that the record doesn't mean that much to him, Favre spilled the beans that Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum and then-head coach Eric Mangini knew he had a torn biceps tendon in his throwing shoulder. Yet, he never showed up on the team's injury report although it was clear he was injured.
What followed was a series of explanations that had Tannenbaum fall on his sword for the Jets organization and $125,000 in fines levied against the Jets organization, Tannenbaum and Mangini.
Two weeks after his initial revelation, Favre said he believed the NFL was too harsh in its dealing with the Jets – who Favre believes didn't do anything to warrant such a stiff penalty.
"I think it's very unfair," Favre said of the league sanction. "I just think it's wrong. They did everything that I felt like they were supposed to. I practice like half a day on the Wednesday after we knew that I had a torn biceps. The only reason I brought that up was I wanted to address to them that I felt like maybe there were some throws (I couldn't make) or I could have played better. I just wanted them to know that. I never asked them to put me on the injury report."
Favre, who is currently dealing with a bent fingernail but is expected to play (and wasn't listed on the Wednesday injury report), said playing injured is just part of the job description in the NFL.
"I can't tell you how many times I probably should have been on the injury report and was not," Favre said. "I practiced, I played (and) I knew I was going to play. But I wanted them to know that I wasn't too proud to play just to (keep the streak alive). I've talked with Mike and spoke briefly with Eric when we played those guys, but (the league fine) hadn't come out yet. I just expressed that I was sorry that it led to that. It meant nothing, but I think it was unfair the way they were treated."
The injury report, which began as a way to give the impression of full disclosure from the league to prevent gamblers from having "inside information" on injured players, is something the league takes very seriously. For his remorse over the disclosure, Favre actually pointed out the reason for the system. When he was healthy, the Jets went 8-3 to start the 2008 season. When he was injured, they went 1-4. Those who were aware of the severity of his injury had the kind of insider dope that gamblers have used to beat the system. While many consider the injury report to be a joke because teams become covert in attempts not to give a "competitive advantage" to a team, it's there for a reason and, while teams might be remorseful, the league laid down the law with the Jets to send a message that injuries need to be disclosed – whether well-intentioned or not.