The hot topic at head coach Brad Childress’ regular Wednesday press conference today was of course the status QB Brett Favre’s injured ankle. Childress fielded several questions on the matter and although there is no new information to discuss, here’s a brief rundown of what was said.
Childress was first asked what the general plan was regarding getting Favre back on the field. The Vikings head coach said there was a plan to do that but that “the biggest part of the plan is rehabbing that thing and getting it back to where he’s mobile.”
Mobility is the key here for Favre and his chances for playing this Sunday. Childress has said multiple times that he doesn’t want his QB to be a “sitting duck” in the pocket for opposing defenses to attack and that it’s always important for a player to be able to protect himself, whether he’s a QB or any other player on the field.
Childress indicated during the press conference that Favre will not practice on Wednesday and he sent the same message to Boston-area reporters in a conference call earlier on Wednesday. Favre’s injury history with the ankle, the fact that he’s currently in a walking boot and his absence from practice on Wednesday don’t add up to be encouraging news for the QB’s prospects of playing on Sunday. But at this point nothing should be ruled out.
“I wouldn’t put it past him,” Childress responded when asked if Favre could play with this injury. “He’s going to make the push, like all of our guys do, to Sunday. It’s work for a lot of these guys to get to the point where they feel like they can (play). But I don’t have a crystal ball or anything like that.”
So if Favre is unable to play it will be Tarvaris Jackson’s turn to step up in the future Hall of Famer’s stead. Jackson has been the starter in Minnesota before, with mixed results. He does have a winning record as a starter and his teammates have expressed confidence in him recently. Jackson has terrific arm strength and he brings a certain trait to the Vikings offense that Favre doesn’t – mobility.
“As ready as he’s ever going to be,” Childress responded when asked to describe Jackson’s readiness should he be put into action Sunday. “As I’ve said before, he’s taken more (reps) than most backup quarterbacks. Aside from having a hundred starts, he’s as ready as he’ll ever be.”
Ultimately the decision of whether Favre will play or not hinges on a number of factors and it won’t be known – at least publically – one way or the other until much later in the week. The bottom line, though, is Childress will put statistics and starting streaks and personal feelings aside to make the best decision possible for the team.
“We’ll do what’s best for us to win a football game on Sunday,” Childress said. “That’s hands-down what my motives will be.”
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