Brett Favre did not practice yesterday, the second straight day he sat out with a sore throwing shoulder. But the Giants still expect him to be on the field when they face the Vikings on Sunday.
Asked if he had any doubt about Favre starting his 298th straight game, Justin Tuck dismissed the question as if he were asked if he doubted gravity.
“No,” he said. “He’s going to play.”
There is a chance that the streak ends on Sunday – or technically will have ended last Sunday when Favre started against the Bills but was injured early on. Leslie Frazier said earlier in the week that the Giants’ ferocious pass rush would play a small role, but a role nonetheless, in his decision on whether or not to start Favre or Tarvaris Jackson.
If Favre does play, it will not be at full strength. He suffered a broken foot earlier this year that he played through and has had difficulty even lifting his arm up this week. Does an injured quarterback arouse the hunting instincts of the Giants, who have already knocked five quarterbacks out of games this year?
“We don’t really think about that,” Osi Umenyiora said. “Getting to the quarterback is in our job description. No matter who we’re playing, if he’s hurt or not hurt, we’re going to try to attack him anyway. If he just so happens to be hurt, then I’m sorry, but it’s just what we do.”
The Giants are convinced that Favre will start. Finishing is a different story.
“I hope not,” Tuck said of the quarterback lasting all 12 rounds against him. “I have a lot to do with that.”