Favre has two fractures in ankle, foot currently in protective walking boot

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre departs Lambeau Field after losing to the Green Bay Packers in their NFL football game at Lambeau Field Green Bay, Wisconsin October 24, 2010. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson  (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

Vikings’ head coach Brad Childress told the media on Monday that Brett Favre has been diagnosed with two fractures in his left ankle. While he doesn’t need surgery to repair the injury, he’s currently in a protective walking boot and is in danger of missing Week 8’s game against the Patriots.

Childress says that Favre’s consecutive starts streak won’t impact his decision on whether or not Brett will play on Sunday, nor should it. Childress’ allegiance is to his team – not to Favre or his personal accomplishments. If Favre isn’t healthy enough to play then it’s Childress’ job to make the decision to bench Brett and get Tarvaris Jackson prepared to play.

Everyone knows that Favre will say that he’s healthy enough to play. Then he’ll go out there, hobble around for four quarters and either dazzle everyone with a great fourth quarter performance or bury his team’s chances at victory with a couple of interceptions. Favre’s warrior-like attitude when it comes to injuries is admirable, but there comes a time when he actually hurts the team more by playing. (Of course given two of his last three performances, he’s going to hurt his team whether he’s healthy or not.)

Childress has to put the big boy pants on and not allow his love affair with Favre to get in the way of making the right decision. He considered benching his starting QB in Sunday night’s game against the Packers and if Favre’s health doesn’t improve throughout the week, then Jackson should start.

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Childress considered removing Favre from Packer game

GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 24: Brett Favre  of the Green Bay Packers reacts as Desmond Bishop  of the Green Bay Packers celebrates his interception for a touchdown at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Jim Prisching/Getty Images)

When you throw three interceptions that aid in the demise of your team, your head coach isn’t going to be very happy with you.

Brad Childress somewhat called out Brett Favre following the Vikings’ 28-24 loss on Sunday night to the Packers, a loss in which Lord Favre threw three interceptions and Minnesota had three touchdowns overturned by replay. Childress even admitted that he had considered removing Favre at one point.

From the Minnesota Star-Tribune:

“It still goes back to taking care of the football,” he said. “You can’t throw it to them. You’ve got to play within the confines of our system. Sometimes it’s OK to punt the football and you can’t give seven points going the other way. Not in a game like this. Not with a high-powered team.”

Childress said he considered removing Favre but he did not say if he had told Favre. “[I] was going to give him that next series and he took us and moved us down the field,” Childress said.

Childress has every right to complain about the play of his quarterback when his quarterback throws three interceptions that lead to a loss for his team. But this is vintage Brett Favre – he was throwing interceptions 10 years ago and he’s throwing interceptions now. When he’s under duress, he will force the issue, which leads to mistakes. Childress knows (or should know, anyway) exactly what he’s getting with Favre every time the QB takes the field.

My question is, if the guy is too hurt to play then why leave him in there? Favre has been battling an elbow injury for the past few weeks and now his surgically repaired ankle is bothering him again. Childress needs to make a decision: does he want Favre at 75% (or whatever) or Taravaris Jackson at 100%? There’s no question that Favre gives the Vikings their best chance to win when he’s healthy, but he’s not healthy. He’s never healthy actually, but he appears to be even more banged up than ever right now.

The point is to win. If Favre isn’t going to help the Vikings do that because he’s too hurt, then Childress needs to put the big boy pants on and get the 40-year-old out of there.

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