Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress is leaning toward starting backup Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback Sunday as Brett Favre recovers from two fractures to his ankle, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune has reported, citing an NFL source.
And Favre has told acquaintances he isn't convinced Childress will let him play, according to the NFL Network.
Favre missed his second straight day of practice for the Vikings on Thursday but walked around the facility without the oversized boot that had been protecting the injury that is putting his league-record 291-straight starts streak in jeopardy. The signs of progress were small but noticeable.
The 41-year-old quarterback limped through the locker room with a heavy wrap on his ankle, which was injured in the loss to Green Bay on Sunday night.
Asked if he thought he could play at New England, Favre said, "I wouldn't put anything past me, to be honest with you."
Favre has a stress fracture in his left ankle as well as an avulsion fracture in the heel bone, where a fragment has been torn away by a tendon or ligament. He consulted with the doctors who performed surgery on his ankle this summer to get him ready for a 20th NFL season, and was told that the injury would not get any worse by playing on it.
"He's been a little better every day," Childress said Thursday. "Whether it's good enough to play in an NFL football game remains to be seen. Just have to take it a day at a time."