Favre says he'll consult surgeon about shoulder; Childress not aware
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The injuries continue to mount for Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre, and the latest one might be the most concerning yet -- depending whom you believe.
Favre told ESPN after Sunday's 27-13 loss at Chicago he'll consult renowned orthopedist Dr. James Andrews about his throwing shoulder, which began bothering him on Saturday.
However, Vikings coach Brad Childress on Monday said he was unaware the 41-year-old quarterback was dealing any new injury and expects Favre on the practice field as usual on Thursday.
"I just talked with (head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman), who just had Brett in there," Childress said. "To paraphrase, (Favre)'s sore today. He was in the cold tub, but I think he anticipates practicing on Thursday and being ready to go against Green Bay."
Asked specifically whether he's aware of any new injury Favre has suffered, Childress said, "I don't know of anything new, no."
Favre has had multiple injuries with the shoulder in recent years -- most notable, a torn biceps tendon that significantly hurt his play down the stretch with the New York Jets in 2008. Favre had that injury repaired at Andrews' clinic in May 2009, and surgery revealed he also had been playing with a partially torn rotator cuff.
Favre told ESPN he felt a sharp pain in the shoulder while putting on a T-shirt at Saturday's walkthrough practice and considered taking a painkilling injection before Sunday's game. However, Childress said "there wasn't any concern" about the shoulder before the game and was unaware of any plans for Favre to undergo an MRI.
"I know that they have off-the-cuff conversations," Childress said, regarding a discussion of a possible injection, "but not (because of) something that was done in Friday's or Saturday's practice, no."
Elbow tendinitis and two fractures in his left ankle and foot have put Favre's availability in doubt at times this season. But he's played better in recent weeks than he did at the start of the season, at least until his struggles in the second half on Sunday.
His numbers against the Bears -- 18-of-31 for 170 yards with one touchdown, three interceptions and a 44.5 passer rating -- were skewed somewhat by dropped passes and slipping receivers. But he tailed off badly after a 7-of-7 start and wondered in his conversation with ESPN whether the shoulder contributed to his bad underthrow of receiver Percy Harvin in the second half.
Childress deflected a question about whether he'd consider turning to backup quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, saying Favre has "got enough of his faculties and doing enough things playing in the system here to give us a chance to win.
"Do you like the turnovers? I don't. I know we fell down on one. I know a ball got tipped on one. I can't remember the third one. I know he was shuffling up in the pocket when the ball got stripped or he was probably going to make a play to a guy that was coming open. All the rest would be hypothetical stuff."
Favre made no mention of the shoulder in his postgame media conference on Sunday and isn't scheduled to speak with local reporters again until Wednesday.