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Favre: "I don't want to go out there for one play"

Brett Favre missed practice today with continued ankle problems, but the 41-year-old quarterback isn't ruling himself out of Sunday's game against the Patriots. 

Favre has started an NFL-record 291 straight games, but says the streak isn't what motivates him this week. 

"I would love to play, for no other reason but I'm committed to this team," Favre told reporters today at his weekly news conference. "I would love to get this back on track and be a part of it, and more than anything function at a level that gives us a chance to win."

Favre got some reassuring news this week from Dr. James Andrews, who performed the surgery on his left ankle this summer. Andrews told him he couldn't damage the ankle further by playing on it.

"The thing is Sunday, I'm still going to have a broken bone in my foot," said Favre who re-injured his ankle in last Sunday night's 28-24 loss to the Packers at Lambeau Field. "We know that, whether I play or not, next week it will be sore."

Favre acknowledged that his high tolerance for pain gives him a chance to play.

"I've always had a knack for healing quicker than most people," he said. "Mentally, I know - because I'm going back in history - I've been able to play with certain kinds of injuries that most people wouldn't have attempted. That gives me hope."

Favre said if he does play, he wants to last the entire game, not just a few plays. "I don't want to go out there for one play, I don't want to go out there for three plays," he said. "If I'm going to play, I want to be out there the whole game."

If Favre can't play, Tarvaris Jackson will get the start. 

"He's as ready as he's ever going to be," head coach Brad Childress said of Jackson, a fifth-year player who was replaced as the starter when Favre agreed to join the Vikings before the 2009 season. 

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