Brett Favre carted off after taking hit to chin, but says he's OK
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- After a week of drama, Brett Favre started his 316th consecutive game on Sunday at New England.
And the Minnesota Vikings' veteran quarterback mostly played well on his fractured foot and ankle, too -- until a big lick sent him to the locker room in the fourth quarter of a 28-18 loss to the Patriots.
Favre departed with 7 minutes, 31 seconds to go after taking a hit that left him struggling to stand and bleeding from the chin. He soon after was carted off, received eight to 10 stitches in the locker room and didn't return -- but nonetheless spoke with reporters and said he intends to start again next week.
"I remember everything, unfortunately," Favre said after the game. "But I'll be fine."
Favre and coach Brad Childress indicated they didn't think Favre sustained a concussion on the hit, which came on third-and-goal from the Patriots 3-yard line. New England defensive tackle Myron Pryor beat left guard Steve Hutchinson and put his helmet into Favre's upper chest and chin area.
"He was a pretty good shade of white coming off to the side," Childress said.
Favre initially got up after the play but then went to his knees after realizing he was bleeding. He appeared woozy as he got onto the cart, on which he laid down and closed his eyes with head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman at his side and the Gillette Stadium booing.
"Going into the tunnel on the cart," Favre said, "I thought to myself for a brief second, 'What in the world am I doing?' But there is nothing like competing. But, then again, there is nothing worse than losing. So, weighing that and the physical side of it, I really can't complain. I probably should.
"I played with a broken foot and I am getting eight stitches in my chin and then the elbow, I have been battling tendinitis. I thought I threw the ball as well as I have thrown it in quite awhile."
An ensuing two-point conversion pulled the Vikings within 21-18 with 7:26 to go. But New England drove 80 yards on 13 plays on its ensuing possession and all but put away the decision on BenJarvus Green-Ellis' 1-yard touchdown run with 1:56 left.
Favre's only glaring errors were two intentional-grounding penalties and an interception he set up by throwing behind receiver Percy Harvin.
It was a serviceable performance even without considering Favre was in an ankle boot until Wednesday and missed almost the entire week of practice.
"I thought he played pretty well," Childress said. "We got the one that kind of got volleyballed in the air to Percy, came back the other way, but (Favre) did a great job."