Since experiencing tendinitis in his right elbow, Brett Favre’s ability to throw the football accurately and with the gunslinger velocity we’ve become accustom to over the past 20 years may have taken a slight hit.
Favre even mentioned after the Week 5 loss to the NY Jets that he missed a couple of throws that he could’ve “made in my sleep.” But last Sunday’s victory over the Dallas Cowboys saw Favre record his 1st game with a passer rating over 100 (106.9), which may or may not be a fair indication as to how his elbow is feeling, but it doesn’t appear to be getting worse.
“It feels better,” Favre told reporters Wednesday. “As I said after the (Dallas) game, it felt better.”
The 20-year veteran received a cortisone injection to help alleviate pain in his throwing elbow. The injection has relieved the pain, but Favre feels a sense of skepticism on whether it’s healed or not.
“I think the cortisone injection has helped,” Favre said. “But I’m reluctant to say, just knowing that I had tendinitis before, that it’s gone. Especially the way I throw. (I’m) hardheaded; not wanting to take time off. Keep my fingers crossed, but right now it feels better.”
Favre’s elbow feeling better couldn’t come at a better time with the Vikings facing a critical NFC North showdown with the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field this Sunday night. The visit to Green Bay will be Favre’s 2nd in a Vikings uniform after playing for the divisional foe for 16 seasons.
“Whether we’re both undefeated or not, I think the significance of the game doesn’t really change,” Favre acknowledged of the Vikings-Packers matchup. “Maybe subconsciously there’s more, I don’t want to say pressure, but the need to get it going. Maybe more so than any other time.”
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