FLORHAM PARK, N.J. Brett Favre was listed as questionable Friday for the New York Jets' game against Arizona with a sore left ankle but is expected to start against the Cardinals.
The 38-year-old quarterback twisted his left ankle Monday night in New York's loss at San Diego. His ankle was tightly wrapped, but he appeared hardly hobbled during the half-hour of practice the media were allowed to watch Friday.
"I felt pretty comfortable a few days ago," coach Eric Mangini said of Favre's progress. "He hasn't missed many games in the last however many years."
Actually, Favre has started 256 consecutive regular-season games, an NFL record for quarterbacks, and neither he nor Mangini has seemed concerned the streak is in jeopardy.
With heavy rains drenching the area, the Jets held practice in their new fieldhouse for the first time. While special teams drills were the focus at the beginning of practice, Favre was at the far end of the field with the other quarterbacks and wide receivers going through light drills.
Favre was listed as limited at practice on the team's injury report for the third straight day, but his limp has decreased significantly since Monday night.
Meanwhile, nose tackle Kris Jenkins' balky back has also improved steadily throughout the week and Mangini also expects him to play Sunday. Jenkins missed most of the game against the Chargers and didn't participate in full practice activities Wednesday. He was limited Thursday and Friday, and was listed as questionable.
"I expect him to be ready to go," Mangini said.
Mangini said cornerback Justin Miller is also improving after missing the team's first three games with a foot injury. Miller was also questionable and could be a gametime decision.
Reggie Hodges is out with a strained left thigh, meaning Ben Graham will handle the punting duties for the second straight game after being cut and then re-signed a few days later following Hodges' injury. Kicker Mike Nugent is still out with a strained right thigh, so Jay Feely will start for the third consecutive game.
RAIDERS' RUNNING BACKS BANGED UP: Oakland running back Justin Fargas will miss this week's game against the San Diego Chargers and Darren McFadden is questionable as the Raiders head into the division showdown dealing with key injuries at running back and on defense.
Fargas will miss his second straight game with a groin injury, but is expected to return after the bye next week. McFadden was limited in practice again Friday with a turf toe injury that affected him last week in Buffalo.
The Raiders are hoping McFadden can play because the only other tailback on the active roster with Fargas sidelined is Michael Bush. Fullback Justin Griffith could carry the ball if needed.
"We're going to give him a shot and hopefully he can play," coach Lane Kiffin said Friday of the team's top draft pick. "You never know for sure. The whole thing, he'll go out there. We'll give him a shot and let him go out there from the beginning of the game and hopefully he can go. We'll play him until we can't go and then we'll be down to one. We'll have to go with Justin (Griffith)."
The Raiders also could be short-handed on defense, where key starters Nnamdi Asomugha (elbow), Derrick Burgess (triceps) and Gerard Warren (pectoral muscle) have been slowed all week.
Asomugha has a small fracture in his elbow after getting kicked while trying to make a tackle against the Bills. He has been extremely limited all week.
"It's going to depend on how it feels the next couple of days because I haven't really done much of anything on it, so I may be able to have a brace on it and go like that," Asomugha said.
With backup cornerback Stanford Routt also questionable because of a sprained ankle, the Raiders could be forced to move starting free safety Michael Huff or backup safety Rashad Baker to cornerback on Sunday.
Burgess, the starting left defensive end, is questionable, and Warren, the starting defensive tackle, is doubtful.
Starting right guard Cooper Carlisle practiced a little on his sprained ankle Friday and is doubtful for the game. Offensive lineman Seth Wand (knee) and tight end Ben Troupe (foot) have been ruled out.
McNABB'S BACK FOR EAGLES, BUT WESTBROOK SITS OUT: Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb returned to practice Friday, but the Eagles could be without running back Brian Westbrook for Sunday's game at the Chicago Bears.
McNabb was a full participant in Friday's practice after sitting out all week with a chest contusion he sustained in the first half of last week's 15-6 win over Pittsburgh. He is questionable for Sunday's game.
Eagles coach Andy Reid said McNabb was able to make all the necessary throws in practice.
"During the practice, he felt good," Reid said.
The Eagles will likely miss Pro Bowl guard Shawn Andrews and tight end L.J. Smith, who are both listed as doubtful.
However, the big question mark remains the health of Westbrook, Philadelphia's best playmaker.
Westbrook injured an ankle while hurdling a teammate in the Pittsburgh game. He sat out practice all week, but has said he plans on being ready to play.
"We'll see how he does here, over the next couple days," Reid said. "I mentioned before that it's going to go right to the wire there."
Westbrook gained a league-high 2,104 yards from scrimmage last season with 12 touchdowns. His production has tailed off this year as the Eagles have had success getting the ball down the field despite missing their two top receivers from last season, Kevin Curtis (sports hernia) and Reggie Brown (hamstring).
Brown returned to the lineup last week but played sparingly. Reid said he expects him to get more opportunities this week.
Curtis has returned to practice with the team but is listed as doubtful.
PACKERS' HARRIS COULD BE BACK AFTER 3 WEEKS: The outlook for injured Green Bay Packers cornerback Al Harris is encouraging.
Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Friday that Harris, who suffered a serious spleen injury Sunday night, could return to the team before the midpoint of the season.
"I would say it's going to be at least three to four weeks," McCarthy said of a timetable for when Harris might be ready to return to the field.
Harris has been ruled out for Sunday, when the Packers will play at Tampa Bay, putting an end to a streak of 83 straight starts since Green Bay acquired him in a trade with Philadelphia in 2003.
Harris' injury occurred in the first quarter of the Packers' loss to Dallas when he collided with linebacker A.J. Hawk on a running play. Harris left the game but returned two plays later.
He left the game for good, however, after tackling Cowboys running back Marion Barber. Harris went to the locker room in the second quarter with what team officials described as cramping.
McCarthy said after the game that Harris had blood in his urine and was not allowed to return by the team's medical staff.
Initial fears that Harris would miss the rest of the season and his playing career could be in jeopardy were tempered earlier this week. Harris underwent tests and sought multiple opinions from specialists.
McCarthy said Friday it was his understanding Harris' spleen wouldn't need to be surgically removed.
"Injuries like this go back to a personal nature," McCarthy said. "You're just glad it's not anything that could be life-threatening or as serious as it possibly could be."
Instead, Harris will have a chance to let the spleen heal on its own.
"The thing that we know for sure is we've had to totally shut him down for seven days," McCarthy said. "So, he'll start probably Monday morning with some form of conditioning, and it'll just progress as we move forward. There will be some tests that are done along the way. I don't have an exact time frame for you."
COLTS' SANDERS HAS KNEE SCOPED: Indianapolis Colts' safety Bob Sanders, already out with a sprained right ankle, has had arthroscopic surgery on a knee.
The NFL Defensive Player of the Year last season injured his ankle Sept. 14 at Minnesota and was initially expected to miss four to six weeks. Colts owner Jim Irsay said the recovery period for the sprain would likely be longer than that for the knee, so the surgery was scheduled during his absence.
The team, which announced the surgery on its Web site Friday, has not said which knee was operated on or the nature of the ailment.
The latest injury continues a strange even-numbered-year hex for Sanders, who played in just six games during his rookie season in 2004 and four games in 2006. In odd-numbered years, Sanders has started 14 and 15 games, respectively.
Sanders was a difference maker in 2006. The Colts gave up 199 yards rushing per game during the regular season while he missed 12 games after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee in September. He returned for the playoffs, and the Colts allowed just 80 yards rushing per game on their way to the Super Bowl title. Sanders followed that by winning the 2007 defensive player award.
BUCCANEERS' TRUEBLOOD, BEARS' TILLMAN FINED $5,000: Tampa Bay's Jeremy Trueblood and Chicago's Charles Tillman were each fined $5,000 by the NFL for their roles in a skirmish during last week's game between the Buccaneers and Bears.
The Bears had stopped Tampa Bay deep in its own territory in overtime when Trueblood took some shots at Chicago defensive end Adewale Ogunleye.
Tillman ran over and jumped on the pile, then got caught taking a swing at Michael Clayton. That resulted in a 15-yard penalty that kept the drive going and led to a 21-yard field goal by Matt Bryant that lifted the Buccaneers to a 27-24 victory at Soldier Field.