Despite a report from ESPN that Brett Favre felt a sharp pain in his surgically repaired shoulder on Saturday and was considering having a magnetic resonance imaging test, Vikings coach Brad Childress said he doesn’t believe Favre will have an MRI and denied knowledge of any new injury to the shoulder.
Childress said Favre was in the cold tub and should be able to practice Thursday and play against his former team, the Green Bay Packers, on Sunday at Mall of America Field.
“There wasn’t any concern. He went through the pregame warmup,” Childress said of the Favre’s throwing shoulder.
That’s not what Favre told ESPN, according to their report. He told reporter Ed Werder that the flare-up he experienced while putting on a t-shirt during Saturday’s practice was bad enough that he considered getting a pain-killing injection. That was later determined to be unnecessary.
“Favre said it could be a similar injury or the rotator cuff – shaved during the previous surgery – could be damaged,” ESPN reported.
Favre reportedly told ESPN that he discussed the pain with Vikings doctors, but he was considering consulting with Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery to complete the tear of his biceps tendon that was partially torn in May 2009.
Childress said he wasn’t aware of any new injury to Favre’s shoulder or anything that was done on Friday or Saturday, but admitted that Favre and head athletic trainer Eric Sugarman have “off-the-duff conversations.”
STATE OF THE RECEIVERS
When the Vikings needed them most, their most talented receivers were all on the bench Sunday at Soldier Field.
Down 27-13 with 8:29 to play, Percy Harvin injured his ankle on a kickoff return and wasn’t able to play anymore. Sidney Rice traveled with the team as he makes his way back from Aug. 23 hip surgery, but he still hasn’t played a game this season. And Bernard Berrian was preparing to play on Sunday, but suffered some sort of setback before the game.
Favre said Berrian aggravated his groin during the first pass to the receiver in warmups before the game, but Childress said he wasn’t sure when Berrian made the assessment he couldn’t play.
“That’s hard to read into what may or may not happen. I didn’t see the play that you’re referring to,” Childress said. “I just know that Bernard slid down to me during the pat-and-go when I got to the field and I said, ‘How’s the leg.’ And he said, ‘Ahhh, I don’t think it’s good enough to go.’ That’s the time that I became aware of it. Typically he was going to try to give it a go. Whether he tweaked it or pulled it more then, you have to believe that or an hour and a half before the game we would have had somebody else in his suit.”
Berrian declined comment Monday in the locker room, saying he had a doctor’s appointment.
If the Vikings knew Berrian wasn’t able to play a couple hours before kickoff, they could have had another player active who might have been able to contribute on special teams, an area where the Bears had two long returns from Devin Hester.
Childress said Harvin was getting treatment on his ankle Monday but indicated he would be able to play Sunday against the Packers.
“We’ll have to see when we get to Wednesday. Typically that’s a two or three-day deal. I think he’s going to be just fine. Tough guy,” Childress said.
The coach wasn’t willing to speculate on the Rice’s status for Sunday. The 2009 Pro Bowl receiver has been close to playing, according to Vikings coaches, the last two weeks, but Rice is being cautious about coming back too soon.
Asked if he was close to getting all of his wide receivers back on the field, Childress said, “That would be me guessing as to what the future holds. I just know today we need to get better what we’ve done and make improvements and corrections and Wednesday start with the fundamental aspects.”
Eric Frampton, the reserve safety and one of the leaders on the special-teams coverage units, was doing better on Monday after pulling a hamstring Sunday, according to Childress. “He obviously was right at the point of going to make a play and something tugged on him. It’s probably good he didn’t turn over that stride another time full or it probably could have been worse,” Childress said.
Having Jamarca Sanford out already with a hamstring injury didn’t help the coverage units, which gave up a 42-yard punt return and a 68-yard kickoff return. “They’re good players and they have been,” said Childress, who also said he thought the Vikings received a couple of blocks in the back while trying to stop Hester on the long punt return.
Center John Sullivan (strained calf) said the plan is for him to practice Wednesday and play Sunday.
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