Favre calls injury report fine "very unfair," opens Packers to possible scrutiny

Last week, the league office conveniently announced that a total of $125,000 in fines had been imposed on the Jets for failing to disclose the fact that quarterback Brett Favre had a partially torn biceps tendon in the late stages of the 2008 season after Favre’s weekly Wednesday press availability had ended.

So he wasn’t asked about it last Wednesday, and he wasn’t asked about it after Sunday’s 27-13 win at Detroit.

But Favre finally was asked about the situation today. 

I think it’s very unfair.  I just think it’s wrong,” Favre said.  “They did everything that I felt like they were supposed to.  I practiced like half a day on the Wednesday after we knew that I had a torn biceps.  The only reason I brought that up was I wanted to address to them that I felt like maybe there were some throws, or I could have played better and because of this injury. . . .  I just wanted to let them know that.  I never asked them to put me on the injury report.”

There are a couple of problems with his logic.  First, if Favre practiced “like half a day” on the Wednesday after they knew of the injury, he should have been listed on the injury report as being a limited participant in practice for that day.  But he wasn’t.

Second, it’s not up to the player to ask to be put on the injury report.  Rarely if ever would a player want to have an injured area of his body highlighted for the opposing defense’s benefit. 

Sure, some players might appreciate having a known excuse for poor play.  But when the player can cite the injury ad nauseum after the fact (as Favre did in this case), there’s no need to mention the injury on the injury report in order to later use the injury as a crutch.  (This year, however, Favre has opted to pre-excuse potential poor play, citing in advance of the season injuries like a partially torn rotator cuff, cracked ribs, and sore ankles.)

In making his case for the unfairness of the fine imposed on the Jets, Favre also might have pulled his other former team, the Packers, into the crosshairs of the league office.

“I can’t tell you how many times I probably should have been on the injury report and was not,” Favre said.

Oops.

Favre also said that, before the fines were announced, he apologized to Jets G.M. Mike Tannenbaum and former Jets coach Eric Mangini for getting them in trouble.

“I’ve talked with Mike and just spoke briefly with Eric when we played those guys but [the fine] hadn’t come out yet.  Just expressed that I was sorry that it led to that.  It meant nothing.  But I think it was unfair the way they were treated.”

In a roundabout way, Favre has a point.  When it comes to cheating on the injury report, plenty of teams do it.  The problem here is that, in his endless quest to explain away last year’s collapse down the stretch by pointing to an injury that otherwise had been hidden, Favre said too much about the fact that he was injured, and that forced the league to take action.

94 responses to “Favre calls injury report fine "very unfair," opens Packers to possible scrutiny

  1. Favre is incredible. He’s the one the threw Tannenbaum and Mangini under the bus by saying that they hid the injury. So Favre goes public, the league is forced to investigate and act, and then Favre says the fines are unfair. FAVRE, DO EVERYONE A FAVOR AND RETIRE FOR GOOD.

  2. What a piece of shit. Can’t this attention whore keep his mouth shut? Rather than apologizing to Mangina and Tannenbaum he should have sent them each $25,000 worth of Wranglers or a gift basket or something. This guy is an ass.

  3. Brett Favre: screwing over teams he doesn’t even play for anymore. Coming to your market next season!

  4. the injury report is in place for gamblers and fantasy football. why would the nfl care? wink, wink. what a joke, and florio is the injury report police. Mike Florio is questionable this week because he got sand in his vagina. Game time decision.

  5. Holy Cripes! I was waiting for you to post this story to joke that Brett would state unfairness because he’s been injured for years with the Packers and the idiot went and actually said it…unbelievable.

  6. Brett doesn’t just burn bridges, he scorches the earth. Somebody needs to get him some Pepto Bismal to cure this diarrhea of the mouth he has.

  7. “thekodinator says:
    September 23, 2009 3:06 PM
    Favre is a douche.”
    Now you’re going make me cry…or retire…or scratch my nuts…or give Bus a call and see how I can make money being a douche.

  8. My God is this Favre chatter ever going to stop? Between him and Mangini it’s all you people think about .

  9. Technically, if Favre has a partially torn rotator cuff, shouldnt he be on the Vikings injury report?
    Either way, the Vikes are still gonna whoop some ass..
    GO VIKINGS!!!!!

  10. Zygi Milf : That Lambeau Field tribute just got pushed back another 20 years.
    I doubt it, Favre still has plenty of fans. In Central Wis Favre’s No: 4 Viking Jersey is leading in sales, ahead of Jay Cutler, Donald Driver and Karen Rodgers.
    Imagine a Viking and Bear leading the Pack (pun intended)

  11. What’s really unfair is a big dumb hillbilly making 10 times more in one year than the last 10 generations of my family combined.

  12. Christ, Florio, you really know how to beat a dead horse. Okay, we get it, you think Favre likes to have built-in excuses for poor play. We’ve already heard you say it every single time you bring up a Favre story (which is already more often than necessary). Give it up already.
    Secondly, you’re a lawyer, and you’re questioning whether something is okay because it’s done “behind closed doors”? Dog fighting is done behind closed doors as well (and a lot of people actually believed it was legal due to the lack of punishment), should that mean Vick was treated unfairly? Or, perhaps, the league is simply making an example out of the Jets to prove that they’re not willing to “let it slide”, especially when it becomes public (never underestimate the power of a public statement). Just because something is common doesn’t make it right, doesn’t make it ethical, and certainly doesn’t make it invincible to litegation or fines.

  13. that’s what favre gets for being a loud mouth. shut the hell up favre, seriously.
    i’m with hayward giablommi – this guy does more than burn bridges. jesus
    if he has any legacy left at this point i’d be surprised. he might be the best QB ever, but he’s a grade “A” douche.

  14. The only reason I brought that up was I wanted to address to them that I felt like maybe there were some throws, or I could have played better and because of this injury. . . . I just wanted to let them know that. I never asked them to put me on the injury report.”
    ————
    Why do i feel like this paragraph will be re-lived at the end of the this season?

  15. sim448 says:
    September 23, 2009 3:13 PM
    the injury report is in place for gamblers and fantasy football. why would the nfl care? wink, wink. what a joke, and florio is the injury report police. Mike Florio is questionable this week because he got sand in his vagina. Game time decision.
    _________________________
    So that’s where all those “pearls” of wisdom come from…

  16. Just another in a long line of reasons the Packers look extremely smart for dumping this washed up old turd. Of course it’s easy to compile decent comp % when you’re only throwing 2 yd passes. Just wait for the drama to unfold in Minnesota. It will happen, just a matter of time….

  17. Favre just proves that in fact old dogs CAN learn new tricks…
    Namely, he’s learned that it’s better to make the excuses for crappy play PRE-EMPTIVELY, rather than waiting until AFTER the annual late-season melt-down.
    Of course, on the other hand–it’s whatever gets you in the spotlight, right?

  18. i agree with the first comment: favre is a douche.
    first he tattles and then he apologizes for his “slip”?
    UGH someoby stop the senile decrepit two-faced douche before we all go insane!
    (And no, Florio, this time I’m not referring to you)

  19. Favre speaks the truth and some of you have a problem with that. If the Jets did their job he would have been on the report. That is not Favre’s job to put out a injury report. His job is to play and he did. Injured or not for 271 straight starts. Most of you don’t go through 271 days straight of not missing work. As for Florio he wants to slam on Favre if he addresses the issue and/or if he doesn’t address the issue. Florio you are making your living off these players and you are causing them more problems than you are worth. Figures that you are an attorney because you sure don’t look like a former football player. Pee Wee football doesn’t count!!!!

  20. So, Favre is no longer content simply offer his advice to the GM of an NFL team. Now he wants to influence the Commissioner (it was really unfair, I’ll talk to Roger and see what I can do).
    When will this joker learn to shut up and quit talking about things he shouldn’t be talking about. If he has a concern about how his situation was handled, then he should raise it w/ his agent through the proper channels. This endless, mindless babbling he does is becoming annoying.
    Brett – if you came back because you wanted toplay football, then shut up and play football. Most of us don’t care about your backwoods Mississippi commentary.

  21. “I can’t tell you how many times I probably should have been on the injury report and was not,” Favre said.
    Wow- the truth, and I’m sure plenty of players have done it in the past. Favre haters are no better than the man they hate- right Florio?

  22. Good ol’ Bridge-Burnin’ Brett. He’s just like a little kid out there, running around throwing interceptions and illegal blocks. We love him so much, because he plays the game the way we’d play the game–poorly. Oh well. At least Packers and Jets fans take solace in the fact that at some point he’ll do the same back-stabbing to the Vikings.

  23. His picture is in the dictionary next to “passive aggressive”. He always knows EXACTLY WHAT HE IS DOING AND SAYING, don’t kid yourself with that ole country boy crap persona.

  24. “The problem here is that, in his endless quest…” Of course this endless quest is prompted by endless reporters asking the same basic questions (of course not the PFT staff- it’s easier to sit back a let others question Favre and then attack- its the gutless way). So what is your excuse of the endless Favre posts- hatred? Generating Web traffic? Too lazy to go out and actually do some journalism?
    Only those fully in-tune with the Favre universe even give this more than a passing glance. He is talking about his very long career, get over it. When Favre finally does retire, and hits the hall of fame, PFT will drop by 50% in popularity.

  25. enough with this love hate of Favre, he didn’t say anything about GB, he pointed out something that happens a lot in the NFL. Obviously GB is the only team he could be talking about but they wouldn’t be fined without specifics, i think it is good that he is defending the Jets. How is the report indicative of his “diarrhea of the mouth” or that he is a douche, he is just speaking his mind and didn’t say anything bad about anyone or any team.

  26. Sad but true. In our society today you are virtually crucified for the simple act of telling the truth. At least the NFL is trying to get coaches to stop acting like metrosexual pansies and just own up to whatever injury exists truthfully. And yes, Favre has a right to say what he says. All he does is speak honestly. There’s nothing wrong with that.

  27. Now the league “has” to investigate the Packers? Yeah right.
    Did the league investigate after Florio’s logical-deductions about Ben Roethlisberger pre-Superbowl?
    The league is completely ham-handed in the way that it handles enforcement. They look silly for passing out fines to the Jets & not to the Steelers.
    Starcaps issue was a cluster from the start and they may as well have hired the Warren Commission to investigate the Patriots spygate fiasco.
    Now, they look even more dumb for fining the Jets.
    We all know coaches play cloak-n-dagger about this stuff & will do whatever they can do to get an edge.
    Who is running the PR strategy scenarios over there?

  28. This guy works fast. How long until Atlanta gets included? Could he possibly throw his current team under the VW bus somehow? How’s the nail?

  29. “When it comes to cheating on the injury report, plenty of teams do it.”
    What? The whole league is tainted???
    NFL*

  30. VOMITICUS MAXIMUS says:
    “My God is this Favre chatter ever going to stop? Between him and Mangini it’s all you people think about . ”
    ^^^^^^^
    I’d venture to guess the chatter will stop when Brett either goes an off season with out retiring and then unretiring, or he actually legitimately retires without unretiring, or just behaves like anything other than the entitled, manipulative narcissist that most of us think he is.
    He has become a charicature of himself, an absolute embarassment, solely do to his own actions.

  31. No matter what one’s personal opinion on the guy is, Favre is just a QB, just a “player” on any given football team. While other players and/or fans expect him to be some kind of leader, the Actual leaders are called “Coaches, Managers, Owners” stuff like that. A player being or not being added to a league mandatory list is up to the actual leaders not the player. Now, if the player had tried to hide something, maybe bribed a doctor to clean up a physical or something like that, then the “leaders” would be blameless. It’s not Favre’s job to dot the i’s and cross the t’s; his job is to throw the football.
    That being said, if he feels so bad about their being “unfairly” fined, he’s certainly rich enough to send them checks for a few $K.

  32. Favre =
    Larry the Cable Guy + Perez Hilton
    One part “look at me, I’m a gay attention wh0re” + one part “I’m a dumb hick who celebrates his own stupidity”…

  33. # anniev says: September 23, 2009 4:02 PM
    enough with this love hate of Favre, he didn’t say anything about GB, he pointed out something that happens a lot in the NFL. Obviously GB is the only team he could be talking about but they wouldn’t be fined without specifics, i think it is good that he is defending the Jets. How is the report indicative of his “diarrhea of the mouth” or that he is a douche, he is just speaking his mind and didn’t say anything bad about anyone or any team.
    —————————————-
    Blah…blah…leave my Brett alone, blah, blah. Speaking his mind just like HE called the Lions last year when he was a Jet to give them inside info on terminology and tips on how they could beat the Packers?

  34. Fan_Of_ Four says:
    September 23, 2009 3:28 PM
    I doubt it, Favre still has plenty of fans. In Central Wis Favre’s No: 4 Viking Jersey is leading in sales, ahead of Jay Cutler, Donald Driver and Karen Rodgers.
    —————————
    Do you have any facts to back that up, or did you just pull it out of your…..wherever?
    I know Fave is #1 nationwide, that is typical of players on new teams. Hell, Vick is #4 in sales. Where did you find factual information on sales in Central Wisconsin? What are the betting odds that you made it up?
    I’m sure there are some sales. It is the local jackasses that want to piss the local teams fans off. Every team has them. They hate the Packers because so many people love them. Along with the people that think they are cool for having a new jersey. How many people are really Vick fans? Not enough to make him #4 in sales. Look at me…I have a Vick jersey and you don’t!

  35. HEY
    how dare you!
    fixing your typo b/c of the hilarious rant i wrote then not putting it up on the comments section
    wtf florio
    whatd i ever do 2u?
    thats messed up man, it wasnt vulgar or scathing. Deal with it and let others laught at you the same way i did, come on, learn to take a joke jezz

  36. Fan_Of_ Four says:
    September 23, 2009 3:28 PM
    In Central Wis Favre’s No: 4 Viking Jersey is leading in sales, ahead of Jay Cutler, Donald Driver and Karen Rodgers.
    ——————————-
    Source, please. I’ve never seen jersey sales by region before. I imagine this post stunk so bad because it came out of your ass.

  37. Favre a douce? Horrible? Should retire? SOunds like a bunch of NFC north nancies scared that he is by far the best QB in the division right now (look at the stats they don’t lie) and his team is 2-0 and rollin…talk all the shit you want, favre has made the vikings 10 times better than they were last year. watch out..

  38. It seems with that Every time he opens his mouth he looks like an even bigger Douche Bag then he is.

  39. Fan of Football says:
    September 23, 2009 5:05 PM
    Wow, football fans are some of the most idiotic sports fans on earth.
    ——————————-
    …said Fan of Football.

  40. Hello Mr. Florio,
    I know you’re reading this, but what I said in my last comment was not too off base considering my emotions. Some of the way you address Farve in your articles and as well as the reader comments you allow to post, shows a deep disrespect for the game, the players, the fans, and journalism as a whole. I tried to log on after my last post and make further postings and it seemed my account was deleted. What in the world is the point of that? Why don’t you post what I had to say??? After all you seem to allow just about anything, but when someone calls you out on your crap, you delete them. REAL professional, if you had any class, you would allow contrary post to be seen …as well as this one.

  41. This is an incorrect quote…
    “It meant nothing.”
    What he said if you listen to the video of the press conference…
    “and meant nothing by it.”
    You should correct that and take better note of his sincerity. I know you lifted this from the Star Tribune where the quote is incorrectly posted. You should listen to the actual press conference, if you plan to report these things as fact.
    Have a little journalistic integrity and get the information first hand.

  42. Favre’s “… endless quest to explain away …” – EXCUSE ME? Florio, you’re an idiot. Favre has not had an endless quest to explain away anything. If the media asks him a question, he answers it. He isn’t calling press conferences himself to explain this away. And last year, when the Jets were fading, he never said a damn word. Nor did he say anything immediately after the season. The news came out much later.
    So stop the Favre hate. Just tell the truth. Some media dupe – like you, maybe – asked him a question, and he gave them an answer. If he hadn’t answered, you’d be vilifying him for not answering. Gimme a break.
    And by the way: An injury, documented by medical tests such as MRIs, is not an “excuse.” It’s a “reason.” Maybe Colin Cowherd can explain this to you.

  43. lol someone said get over yourself.
    He hasn’t talked about his torn bicep tendon ad nauseum, although the media certainly has.
    and the sore ankles were from not doing anything all summer. Guarantee you’ll never hear about them again.

  44. when is this dumbass hillbilly going to keep his mouth shut? he should know by now that it only gets him into trouble.

  45. “Fan_Of_ Four says: September 23, 2009 3:28 PM
    Zygi Milf : That Lambeau Field tribute just got pushed back another 20 years.
    I doubt it, Favre still has plenty of fans. In Central Wis Favre’s No: 4 Viking Jersey is leading in sales, ahead of Jay Cutler, Donald Driver and Karen Rodgers. ”
    I’m calling you out, FOF. Show us some documentation that proves that Favre Viking jerseys are leading sales in central Wisconsin. I say you’re lying. Here in central WI the most common Favre related jerseys are the ones with “Traitor” or “Judas” in the place of Favre on the back of a jersey. Show us your source for this ridiculous statement that you made.

  46. “Fan_Of_ Four says, “I doubt it, Favre still has plenty of fans”
    Ya, like the 50 or so that showed up in Green Bay just before Favre was about to be traded to the Jets, some assclown (likely Fan of four) decided to hold a protest. A bunch of publicity and when the time came, only 50 people showed up. It was so lame that the 50 people probably hid from the public for the next year.
    But Fan of four stll worships his Favre poster hanging above his bed, his kleenex box at his side as he performs his nightly ritual.

  47. “….# Fan of Football says: September 23, 2009 5:05 PM
    Wow, football fans are some of the most idiotic sports fans on earth….”
    Thanks!
    LMAO
    That made my day…
    [ /wondering if you realize what name you posted under ]

  48. uh you’re callin favre judas and traitor because the piece of shit that is ted thompson wouldn’t take favre back and decided to go with the totally unproven rodgers? i don’t follow your logic.
    i just wanna make this clear. i hate you flower-o. your agenda against favre is pathetic.
    for the rest of you that have jumped on the favre-bashing-bandwagon…..suck it. you seriously have nothing else than to come on here and rehash the same old shit everyday about favre? out of all of the douche bags in the nfl (ray lewis, vick, t.o., 85, brandon marshall, lynch) you pick on favre?

  49. Brett should stick to doing commercials. I like the Sears one when he is buying a TV. Drives me Crazy every time I see it. I live in LA and we still don’t have a NFL team. So I can really care less about Brett and his F N bicep or knee or whatever…. and besides screw the Jets! last season’s performance about says it all. Hey we got the Ducks So if it looks like a Duck, smells like a Duck etc. etc.

  50. Here is the way I see it……
    Favre did the retire/unretire dance most of the offseason and that pissed a bunch of ppl off (including myself).
    Now he is back playing, everyone is taking every utterance from his mouth and treating it like gospel! I can’t figure out why. Players talk every single day, yet not a one gets this kind of ridicule.
    Being a die hard Viking fan, I’ll admit it makes me throw up in my mouth a lil seeing him in purple, BUT, he is better than any QB the Vikings had previous, he has done EVERYTHING he has been asked to do, and at the moment, the Vikes are 2-0.
    Are y’all bytchin jus cause you can? Cause you wish he played for your team? Cause y’all expected him to fail and he has done anything but that? Is that the only way you can make yourselves feel better?
    What a sad bunch of ppl if that is the case. Yes Florio, you lead that group, the only thing you are a leader in!

  51. who was it that had Goddell on set…. tony cornhole or one of the analysts and made such a good point…. @ the Boston way of doing things…. orton pretty much gets his finger ripped off on national television and its “an upper extremity injury”

  52. ffffffffffffffllllllllllllllloooooooooooooooorrrrrrrrrrrrriiiiiiiiiooooooo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  53. Florio, dont deprive your four readers of my hard hitting responses to your endless dribble. BTW i heard mick vick just started a gerbil fighting ring. Maybe you can get in!

  54. Too many Monday Morning GM’s and coaches with negative opinion on Farve primarily because of his past on again off again retirement issues. No question the guy is not what he was but he is still better than 50% of the QB’s in the league and is better than what the Vikings had on their roster before he arrived. That is the bottom line. Grin and bear it as he will be gone soon enough. I doubt he will play as long as George Blanda.

  55. Think Favre’s an attention hound? What does that make Florio and the rest of you guys? Nothing but his bitch. Keep it up folks! Talk about his every move or word constantly and then complain about the fact that everyone is talking about him.
    You’re all a complete band of idiots and Florio is your drum majorette.

  56. SHUT UP! and play ball All you guys are sitting out there on the couch and this guy Farve, he’s still playing. WTF did you do today? Drag the trash out to the street? Wooo hooo! Get a life and let’s play ball. By Dec we’ll know and he’ll know. I he’s one TSB, by Dec we’ll have our answers. Until then quit run your yap!
    CBR

  57. People! Leave Brett alone! He’s only speaking the truth. As Nicholson said, “YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH”!!!

  58. Maybe if the media stayed away from Favre like the plague, you all wouldn’t get so wound up about what he does or says. He doesn’t hunt the journalists down. The media hunts him down.
    I think he has a right to defend himself. Everyone blamed him for lying about his injuries and being selfish in playing through them at the cost of his teams. That’s all comical when the teams knew exactly what they were dealing with. You can’t blame Favre if those teams didn’t bench him.

  59. “Here in central WI the most common Favre related jerseys are the ones with “Traitor” or “Judas” in the place of Favre on the back of a jersey. Show us your source for this ridiculous statement that you made.”
    Haha. That’s true. I went to the Packers game this past Sunday and I saw people wearing Favre jerseys with Favre and the #4 crossed out. I also saw with “Drama Queen” on the back as well as “Traitor” with a upside down 4. It was quite amusing.
    and also, during the game when they were showing highlights from the games currently going on, when Favre and the Vikes came up, people booed, including myself.

  60. packers4life says:
    September 24, 2009 1:51 PM
    and also, during the game when they were showing highlights from the games currently going on, when Favre and the Vikes came up, people booed, including myself.
    What a loser you are, and your bretheren out there.
    I suppose Favre deserves this because he owes you all something, right?
    This makes me laugh and sigh, thinking what is happening out there in the world that people can be so STUPID and INDECENT!
    Ecspecially over a game! A great game at that, but it is a game, and theses players are owned by the team until they get dropped or traded or retire six times. But than they go else where, get over it.
    Favre is the answer for the Vikes!
    This is our year!
    This is our year!

  61. No, it’s not that he owes us anything at all. It’s because he thinks we owe him something.
    And don’t act like you wouldn’t boo Favre if he had been a Queen and defected to the Packers.
    Personally, I’d rather just wear a #12 jersey and turn my back to the field when Favre’s introduced.

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