Joe Namath had his share of physical ailments during and after his career, and the former Jets quarterback thinks the tendinitis Brett Favre is now dealing with will eventually see him head to the sidelines. In fact, Namath told Adam Schein today in an interview on SIRIUS NFL Radio that he thinks Favre won't finish the Cowboys game on Sunday.
"I can’t see Brett making it through the game this weekend against Dallas,” Namath said. “I think the combination of Dallas knocking him down, and Brett certainly having to throw the ball, is going to be too much for him. … His best interest is to get healthy. Going out there and throwing the ball, the way he throws it, certainly is not the method that you get that thing healthy. I think they’re in a dire situation right now so he is going to try his best to play but I don’t see him being efficient.”
Namath could relate to Favre when the Vikings quarterback kept grabbing his arm against the Jets. He said there's only one way to deal with the situation.
"As a man that has dealt with elbow tendinitis and knee tendinitis and bursitis I know the only way that gets better is by resting it, and gradually exercising it, strengthening after a good rest," Namath said. "The only way he is going to be able to play, and play efficiently, is to get some shots and hopefully during the week it will quiet down a little bit.”
Namath said consistency is the main thing that will be affected because of the tendinitis.
"If he plays, we’re going to see some big plays on occasion, just like he threw a perfect pass to [Randy] Moss, dropping it in over Moss’ head for the touchdown against the Jets,” Namath said. “There’ll still be some big plays, however, not with the consistency and the threat of getting the ball downfield that he’s had in the past. I know if the arm’s not up to speed you’ve got a different animal passing the ball.”