Favre gets another record to fall

Brett Favre continues his assault on the NFL record book by simply playing on Sunday. He will tie former Viking Jim Marshall for most consecutive games played. Is there a secret to his longevity?

Brett Favre has long been considered one of the NFL's ironmen. On Sunday, he will join elite company in that area.

The Vikings' matchup with the Bears will mark Favre's 282nd consecutive game played, tying him with former Vikings defensive end Jim Marshall for the league record for games in a row by a position player. (Giants punter Jeff Feagles played in his 347th consecutive game on Thursday at Denver.)

Favre already set the league record for consecutive starts in Week 2 this season at Detroit when he opened his 271st game in a row. However, the NFL doesn't officially recognize that statistic.

It does, however, track consecutive games, and Favre stands to stand alone atop the league's all-time list in that category after Dec. 6 when the Vikings play at Arizona.

"I'm honored that I'm still asked to do this, people still want me to play," said Favre, who has thrown 21 touchdown passes and has only three interceptions this season for the 9-1 Vikings. "I think for me I'd love to sit here and say there's a secret that I can't give out (why I have played this many games in a row)."

Favre, 40, has played through numerous injuries since beginning his streak in September 1992 with Green Bay. This included a broken thumb on his right hand in 2003.

"I think God has blessed me with a lot of talent and the ability to use it and overcome certain injuries that may have kept the next guy out," Favre said. "Being hard-headed, being lucky and in my case be willing to (say), if you're injured, ‘I think I can do it.'

"I could have easily in a lot of those games not played and no one would have ever questioned me. ... I was willing to give it a chance. By doing that at least you know what you can play with and what you can't."


  • G Anthony Herrera did not practice for a second consecutive day because of a concussion and his status for Sunday is not certain.

  • WR Bernard Berrian was limited for the second day in a row because of a hamstring injury that has bothered him for several weeks but hasn't kept him out of any games.

  • RB Adrian Peterson was limited for a second consecutive day because of an ankle injury suffered Sunday.

  • CB Antoine Winfield was limited for a second consecutive day because of a foot injury, but he said he will return on Sunday after missing four games.

  • FB Naufahu Tahi was limited Wednesday and held out Thursday because of an ankle injury.

  • LB E.J. Henderson was on the injury report because of an issue with his knee, but he did not miss any practice time.

  • CB Benny Sapp was on the injury report because of a groin issue but he did not miss any practice time.

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