FLORHAM PARK, N.J. Limping noticeably to the podium in the interview room at Qualcomm Stadium late Monday night, Brett Favre predicted his left ankle would feel "horrible" Tuesday morning.
He was right.
"Yeah, felt sore like I thought it would," Favre said Wednesday.
Favre almost assuredly will make consecutive start No. 257 Sunday against the Cardinals "I anticipate him playing Sunday," Jets coach Eric Mangini said but how much work the 38-year-old quarterback will be able to do leading up to Sunday is in question.
"I'm doing everything I can to get ready," Favre said. "How it will affect me during the course of the week or Sunday remains to be seen."
Mangini initially resisted saying how limited Favre, who rolled his ankle early in the third quarter of Monday's loss to the Chargers, would be in practice this week. Based on Wednesday, it could be considerable. In the 35 minutes reporters were able to watch practice, Favre was clearly favoring his left ankle, though not nearly as much as he was after Monday's game, and did no more than soft-toss to his receivers. He was listed as "limited" on the league-mandated injury report each team releases.
"That we'll have to see," Mangini said, when asked how limited Favre might be. "We'll take that as the week goes on, make sure it's getting the treatment it needs to get, not pushing it too far one way or the other."
Said Favre: "Time will tell."
Favre was more specific Monday night in talking about the injury, saying the ankle "probably looks like I got shot in the leg."
He was uncomfortable discussing it Wednesday, likely the result of a heart-to-heart with Mangini, who laid down the law regarding the team's policy on talking about injuries. The policy is easy to remember: Don't do it. Players conversing openly about their physical ailments for Mangini is tantamount to FedExing that week's game plan to an opponent. Monday was the second time Favre had opened up about his physical condition. The first came shortly after Favre joined the Jets and said, after a training camp practice, that his arm felt "fatigued."
Whatever was said between the two, it led to what might have been the most unintentionally funny line ever spoken by a Jet in recent years when Favre on Wednesday said of Mangini, "He wants us to refer those type (injury) questions to him."
Favre has played through injuries often in his career, most recently suffering a right elbow bruise and what the Packers media guide described as a "left shoulder aggravation" last Nov. 29 in a loss at Dallas. He was knocked out of that game in the second quarter Aaron Rodgers helped sell himself to the coaching staff by playing well that night but Favre returned in the Packers' next game, a 38-7 victory over the Raiders on Dec. 9 in which Favre threw for 266 yards and two touchdowns.
For much of 2003 Favre played despite a broken right thumb, an injury sustained in a game at St. Louis on Oct. 19. Favre led the league with 32 touchdowns that season, 19 of them thrown post-injury.
"I didn't come here, first of all, to lose," Favre said. "I didn't come here to get hurt and sit and watch. That's why I played every game. I could have sat out numerous games (during the streak) and no one would ever have questioned the fact that I was hurt. But I wouldn't let it get that far."
And Favre said that had nothing to do with continuing his record streak.
"I would hope I would never go into a game and play to continue a streak even though I felt like I would hamper the team with this injury, or a broken thumb or whatever," Favre said. "My philosophy has always been, if you feel like you can play and not hinder the team one bit, then try at least."