GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre took a day off at the coach's
request. He didn't try to argue.
"I just kind of feel lethargic," the three-time MVP said
Wednesday. "I could have practiced, I would have been fine. It
would have been tough."
Who can blame his lack of motivation?
The Packers haven't been 1-7 since Favre was 17 -- and he never
lost more than eight games in any of his previous 13 seasons in
Green Bay has used 11 rookies this season, mainly because the
battered offense lost three of its top players -- running backs
Ahman Green (thigh tendon) and Najeh Davenport (ankle) and wide
receiver Javon Walker (knee) -- for the year with injuries. Pro Bowl
tight end Bubba Franks (knee) missed three starts, and Pro Bowl
center Mike Flanagan (sports hernia) missed two more.
It has left Favre, who insists he's not injured and skipped
Wednesday practices down the stretch last season, seemingly alone
with a revolving door of castoffs.
"This is a huge challenge for me," Favre said. "For some of
these guys that are lining up on offense for us, they don't know
"I don't want to say that they're just happy to be there, but
they're kind of trying to find their place and this is their
opportunity to make it or break it. But for me, I'm trying to get
this team in the end zone and win."