Favre returns to practice, status still uncertain

Published 1:13 pm Friday, October 29, 2010

EDEN PRAIRIE — Brett Favre has returned to practice with the Minnesota Vikings.

Favre was on the field for drills on Friday for the first time this week. He had tape on his left ankle, which has two fractures, threatening his ability to play on Sunday at New England.

Favre threw a few easy passes in warmups, but he didn’t roll out or take any deep dropbacks while reporters were allowed to watch. At one point, someone tossed a ball Favre’s way as he lightly jogged up the field and he was nimble enough to make a stutter-step catch after a slight jump.

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Coach Brad Childress is scheduled to address reporters after practice, when the team must submit the final injury report of the week and list Favre as either probable, questionable, doubtful or out against the Patriots.

Childress has said he won’t let Favre’s streak affect the decision on whether to play the 41-year-old quarterback, who has started an NFL-record 291 consecutive games. Favre has both a stress fracture and an avulsion fracture in the foot, which was hurt in last Sunday’s loss at Green Bay.

Childress has said Favre must show enough mobility with the injury to protect himself and move effectively in the pocket, and Friday’s practice is an important time for Favre to prove that.