A couple hours prior to kickoff today in Foxboro, after his left ankle has been injected and immobilized, Brett Favre will test his movement and backpedal on the Gillette Stadium grass. It’s pretty simple. If Favre can move satisfactorily — we all know he can’t run for first downs anymore — then he will make his 292nd regular-season start in a game the 2-4 Vikings desperately need against the Patriots.
Favre did some light throwing Friday after wearing a walking boot for a stress fracture in his left ankle and something called an “avulsion” fracture in his left heel against the Packers. The fracture means a piece of bone is pulled off by a tendon or a ligament in his heel, but neither fracture requires surgery. In order to properly tape the left foot, Favre was fitted for a shoe one size larger (15 instead of a 14) for more protection.
Favre said that he would love to play. “That’s no secret to anyone,” he said. “I want to play. I want to do what I can this week to get myself ready to play. I know the bone will continue to be broken for quite a while. I’ve done it in the past. I think I can do it again. I just want to help this team get back on track.”
Don't be surprised to see Favre start the game, only to be relieved by Tarvaris Jackson. The matchup is good on paper, but Favre has not been impressive.