Brett Favre’s Start Streak in Jeopardy Because of Foot Injury

Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings
Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings. Photographer: Jim Prisching/Getty Images

Brett Favre’s streak of 291 straight starts -- a National Football League record -- is in jeopardy because of two fractures in his left foot.

The Minnesota Vikings’ 41-year-old quarterback was injured two nights ago during a 28-24 loss to the Green Bay Packers. Favre is wearing a walking boot and his status for the Vikings’ Oct. 31 game against the New England Patriots hasn’t been determined, coach Brad Childress said.

“You can’t put a guy that is a sitting duck out there,” Childress said during a news conference. “His competitive nature I am sure will come into it. A lot of times you have to protect people from themselves. I’m taking it day by day.”

Favre has a stress fracture and an avulsion fracture, which is caused by a tendon or ligament pulling off a piece of bone. He won’t require surgery.

“Once he is functional, he can play,” Childress said.

Favre has completed 58 percent of his passes for 1,191 yards through six games season, his second with the Vikings and 20th in the NFL. He’s thrown seven touchdown passes and 10 interceptions, including three two nights ago against the division-rival Packers, with whom he spent 16 seasons.

The 11-time Pro Bowl selection hasn’t missed a start since 1992 and has made 314 consecutive appearances including playoff games. Favre’s availability this week will depend on how well he’s able to move, Childress said.

“He doesn’t move like a 20-year-ago Brett,” the coach said of the three-time NFL Most Valuable Player. “You got to be able to move and shuffle and do those kinds of things in the pocket.”