Favre back at Vikings practice

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Eden Prairie, MN - Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre was back at practice Friday despite a pair of broken bones in his left ankle, but his status for Sunday's game against New England is still in question.

Vikings head coach Brad Childress didn't reveal much about Favre's status for the game during a media briefing after practice on Friday afternoon.

"He did a little bit more today, which was encouraging," said Childress. "We still have a lot of treatment time. Can bones heal in 48 hours? Probably not, but we have a great bone stimulator that really does the trick."

Favre is officially listed as questionable on the injury report.

A report from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune late Thursday night indicated that Childress was leaning toward sitting Favre and starting Tarvaris Jackson, but the coach didn't tip his hand either way Friday and said there were a couple of factors that will help him make the decision.

"Can [Favre] protect himself and what gives us the best chance to win?" Childress remarked. "I'm not losing any sleep over it. It will all sort itself out."

Favre, who has started 291 straight games under center, missed the first two days of practice this week and only did light throwing during the opening minutes of Friday's workout open to the media.

The injury to Favre, which includes a stress fracture and another small fracture, occurred last Sunday night in a loss to Green Bay. He was in a walking boot most of this week, but took it off Thursday.

According to the Star-Tribune, Favre is hoping to play with a bigger shoe than he normally wears to add some stability to protect the ankle.

It's been a rough season for Favre and the Vikings, who enter Sunday's game with a disappointing mark of 2-4. The future Hall of Famer led the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game a year ago when he threw 33 touchdown passes and just seven interceptions, but this year has already been picked off 10 times while connecting on just 58.1 percent of his passes for 1,191 yards with seven touchdowns.

If Favre is unable to go, Jackson is set to make his first start since the 2008 campaign.


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