After Sunday’s loss to the Bears, the king of NFL excuse-making offered up his latest excuse for poor play.
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre told ESPN’s Ed Werder that Favre “experienced a sharp pain there while putting on a T-shirt at practice Saturday.” The disclosure came directly to Werder, after Favre met with the media.
Per Werder, Favre said that injury “could be related to surgery he had to repair a partially torn biceps tendon following the 2008 season,” and “there was discussion about taking a pain-killing injection” so that he could play on Sunday.
Favre ultimately didn’t get an injection, and he said he suffered no pain during the game.
But the broader point is that Favre’s decision to offer up an excuse for his three-interception performance highlights the failure of the Vikings to update their injury report to disclose that Favre had a shoulder injury. Last year, Favre’s repeated references to the partially torn biceps tendon that plagued him down the stretch in 2008 resulted in the Jets, former coach Eric Mangini, and G.M. Mike Tannenbaum facing stiff fines for failing to disclose the injury.
It’s unlikely that the Vikings will be nailed by the league office for this, especially since Favre said he was fine during the game and played all of it. Given that he was fine during the game and played all of it, why even mention it to Werder unless Favre wants people to think that he threw interceptions not because he made bad decisions or bad throws, but because he has yet another injury?
UPDATE: Here he is:
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