Brett Favre Optimistic Despite 'Very Painful' Elbow Injury
Favre said at his press conference on Wednesday that his elbow is "very painful" and that he missed some throws on Monday night because of it. Although that might sound like a convenient excuse for not playing particularly well, Favre would have to be an awfully good actor (which he didn't seem to be in There's Something About Mary) for the way he was wincing and rubbing his arm on the field on Monday to all be just a ruse to take the heat off his sub-par play so far this season.
And so I'm prepared to take Favre's word for it when he said that the elbow injury is the reason that, Favre said, "I missed on some throws I don't miss on."
But I'm less prepared to believe Favre when he said, "I don't want to play just to play." Favre has long taken great pride -- as he should -- in his NFL record streak for consecutive games played, and I absolutely believe Favre wants to extend that streak as long as he can, even if his injured arm makes him such an inaccurate passer that he's hurting the Vikings.
For his part, however, Favre says he feels as good as he ever has in Minnesota.
"I woke up this morning, and was very eager to get over here. More so than last year at this time, I feel that confident," Favre said. "I'm thrilled to be here and have the opportunity to lead this team to the Super Bowl."
But if Favre keeps missing on throws because of his injured elbow, he's not going to lead the Vikings to the Super Bowl, or anywhere close.