Decision on Favre's questionable status likely to go to Sunday
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The final decision on Brett Favre's status seems likely to go all the way up until Sunday.
After sitting out Wednesday and Thursday to rest his ailing left ankle, Favre took part on a limited basis on Friday, and Minnesota Vikings coach Brad Childress said he "probably" will wait until game day "just because of the nature of the injury."
Favre has made clear he wants to play if his body allows. Childress, however, has continued to provide indications he's undecided about whether to let his struggling quarterback make a 316th consecutive start or hand the reins to backup Tarvaris Jackson.
"I'll speak with him, yeah, plenty," Childress said of Favre, who made only a brief appearance in the locker room on Friday and said nothing substantive to the gaggle of reporters watching his every move.
"The conversations -- it's not like going to a confessional once a week, that I have to go to church to speak to him. He's in and around the building all the time. So, the dialogue is generally ongoing. I know people view that as being called to the principal's office, when you sit in my office, but you know, we had a pretty good conversation sitting right out here (Wednesday) for a long time."
The Vikings officially listed Favre on the injury report as questionable, meaning he has a 50-50 chance for playing.
Favre made a couple dozen throws, mostly from a stationary position, and had the ankle taped tightly during the sliver of portion reporters were allowed to watch.
Jackson said he expects the decision to come on Sunday but admitted "you never really know how Brett do it. Nobody never really know exactly what's going to go on, but I'm going to be ready."
Asked specifically if he wants Favre to start, Childress said, "If he gives us the best chance to win, yeah. There are a couple of litmus things -- can he protect himself? And what gives us the best chance to win?"
Childress was evasive in his response to a number of questions about Favre's status, including:
• Whether practicing Friday means he can play on Sunday: "Those are assumptions that the (media) gets to ponder and write about."
• Whether starting Jackson would be a reflection of Favre's performance or health: "Those are things for you guys to ponder and write about. I'm strictly talking about what he was doing here (Friday) in practice."
• Whether he wants to keep the identity of his quarterback a secret: "I don't think (so), either way. ... It's not like they can't (prepare for) Tarvaris in some snaps, but you by and large prepare for the system that you think you're going to face: the runner, the scheme."
• The state of Favre's mobility: "Not giving any scouting reports. Better than an iron deer on the lawn."
• Whether this is one of the most difficult decisions he's had to make: "I'm not losing any sleep over it. It will all sort itself out."
• Whether Favre has been fitted with an orthotic to cope with the pain: "I'm not a podiatrist. I couldn't comment on that."
• What he expects Favre to do on Saturday: "That he wakes up in the morning. Nothing's given, right? That he can get in here and we'll see where he's at. That's my expectation. I don't have an expectation because I don't know. Everybody would like to know. I don't know. It's pretty straightforward. We'll see how he responds."
For his part, Jackson said he'll approach the next 48 hours "like I'm ready to play, I'm getting ready to start. Whether Coach names me the starter or not or whatever, I'm getting ready to play."
The deadline for turning in the inactive list 90 minutes before Sunday's 2:45 p.m. Eastern kickoff.