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Packers’ Favre fine after high hit to head against Vikings

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Colin Fly/Associated Press
November 13, 2007
— Brett Favre took a big hit that left him feeling a bit woozy.

On Monday, Favre was the same old ironman.


“I just checked on him, he checked out fine,” Packers coach Mike McCarthy said. “He’s not even on the medical list.”


The three-time MVP took a hard hit late in the third quarter in Green Bay’s 34-0 victory over Minnesota on Sunday when Vikings defensive end Kenechi Udeze caught Favre’s head and jarred his neck as Favre tried to slide for a short gain.


Udeze received a 15-yard personal foul penalty on the play and Favre, in his 246th consecutive start, stayed down for a moment, but remained in the game.


“It was legit,” Favre said after the game. “I had people say, ‘Man, good job baiting them into the call.’ I can find better ways to draw the call. ... I was conscious of what was going on, but I was a little woozy.”


Backup Aaron Rodgers was on call just in case, but McCarthy had first-year running back Ryan Grant play doctor and quickly check out Favre, a 17-year veteran, before the next play.


“I could talk to him, and he kept saying he was OK, and Ryan Grant, I spoke to him right after the play and told him to go look at his eyes to see if he was OK,” McCarthy said.


Two plays later, Favre attempted to throw a pass from his knees that fell incomplete, though the Packers later scored on the drive.


“We haven’t worked on that yet,” McCarthy said smiling. “It’s not advised.”


McCarthy even joked about how the coaches graded Favre from film study of the game.


“Minus footwork,” McCarthy said. “I don’t think it had anything to do with him being hit in the head. You’d like to give him a mulligan there.”


Favre, who has been on the injury report nearly 50 times in the past, had his sixth 300-yard game in the last seven and his numbers are on par right now with his MVP seasons. Favre has thrown 16 touchdowns to eight interceptions and has completed 67.2 percent of his passes for an NFL-best 2,757 yards.


He also threw to 10 different receivers on 46 attempts, something McCarthy said they rarely accomplished when McCarthy was quarterbacks coach in Green Bay in 1999. McCarthy said Favre and the receivers have established a rhythm.


“I thought they played at a very high level in the passing game,” McCarthy said. “When you’re able to control the clock for 40 minutes and you’re throwing the ball that much, I think it’s a tribute to the offense, not only the perimeter but the protection.”


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FINE LINE: Despite opening up a competition for the starting guards spots, Packers coach Mike McCarthy was pleased with how Jason Spitz and Daryn Colledge played at right and left guard, respectively.


Colledge, who had struggled in several previous weeks, also moved over in the Packers’ 34-0 victory to play right tackle when Mark Tauscher sprained his ankle.


“I thought they handled the whole process of what we went through and the way we went about the practice reps,” McCarthy said. “We haven’t really talked about how we’ll move forward. But I was pleased with the way they played. And once again, we’re going to need all those guys. It was evident in the game.”


McCarthy held an audition last week in practice with four players vying for the two starting nods. Junius Coston was given a chance to reclaim the job at right guard, but he had a setback with an ankle injury.


Colledge nearly lost his starting job after he had a bad game against the Chiefs. He was part of a rotation that included Spitz and rookie Allen Barbre, who also played on Sunday after Tauscher went out.


“Allen Barbre went in and played OK. He did a pretty good job,” McCarthy said. “It was good to get him some experience that we can build off of there. We’ll just continue to work those guys, but I was happy with the way Daryn and Jason played.”


McCarthy said his goal is to have a consistent starting five that would also include left tackle Chad Clifton and center Scott Wells, but understands it’s not always possible.


“If you look at our situation, Jason Spitz, Daryn Colledge, Tony Moll and Junius Coston, you’re looking at a number of players that are all from an experience standpoint at very similar points in their career,” McCarthy said. “Ideally yes, you’d like to have five. But that’s not a position we’re in right now.”


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SHORT STUDY: The coaching staff had an unbalanced workload when it came to film study on Monday morning.


The Packers held it offensively for 40 minutes and 40 seconds, while the defense was only on the field for a little more than 19 minutes.


“The film this morning was 2 1/2 hours for the offense,” McCarthy said. “It took us an hour to get through the defensive film.”


The Packers had 80 offensive plays, compared to 44 on defense.


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INJURY REPORT: Besides Tauscher, McCarthy said that defensive end Cullen Jenkins (knee bruise) and linebacker Tracy White (ankle) also had notable injuries. McCarthy said both Jenkins and White likely would miss practice time this week.



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