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Brandon Benson

Brandon Benson is the lead blogger at Acme Packing Company.

Expect a start from stubborn ol' Brett


One of the myths of Brett Favre might be that he is never injured. He doesn't hold the record for consecutive games played because he's indestructible, but because he plays through injury. The list of ones he's played through over the years are many despite his constant presence on the injury report. The current news is that he has two fractures in his ankle, which reminds me of when he broke his right thumb back in 1999 and again in 2003. The earlier injury was more severe, and I believe it has given his thumb an unnatural tilt to one side. It was a major reason why he struggled so badly that season, just two years removed from his final MVP award. The last major injury he played through as a Packer happened in 2007 when he hurt his throwing elbow and separated his left shoulder against the Cowboys, and, of course, he started their next game. However, I don't know how he expects to play through such a painful and mobility limiting injury to his ankle now.

If he does return next Sunday, there is a big question whether his play will do more harm than good. His bad season was unfolding even before this ankle injury. The problems are everywhere with a decreased completion percentage, fewer touchdown passes, and a lot more interceptions. The decline is somewhat of a surprise since he's playing with nearly the exact same supporting cast as last year, minus his favorite receiver from 2009, Sidney Rice. He's played in three games since the Vikings traded for Randy Moss, and it isn't obvious that Moss has made the team better. In fact, Favre has as many turnovers (seven) in his first three games as in his last three games. He appears to be pressing despite the fact that the Vikings haven't been blown out in any game and haven't played against any dominant defenses (even the Jets are not what they were back in 2009).

The way in which the Vikings coaches (and entire organization) have gone out of their way to cater to Favre makes it unlikely that they would decide to bench him. If his bad season is not his fault, and the blame falls on the entire offense, then bringing in Tarvaris Jackson to replace Favre won't solve their problems either. It's hard to get a straight answer from Brad Childress, who denied rumors of a trade for Moss hours before the trade was official, and earlier this year had his assistant coaches lie to reporters when asked if a trio of players had made a recruiting trip to Mississippi during training camp to coax Favre out of retirement. Unless it is impossible for Favre to play next Sunday, he's going to prove too stubborn to pull himself. I cannot imagine Childress will have the nerve to pull the one player he's done everything to pamper, so I expect to see Favre starting next Sunday against the Patriots.

By Brandon Benson  |  October 26, 2010; 10:12 AM ET  | Category:  Brett Favre , Minnesota Vikings , NFL , Quarterbacks Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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