NFL Orthopedist Says Brett Favre is Milking His Ankle Injury
This happened on Tuesday, so forgive me if you’ve already seen it. This is the first I’ve heard of it, so I had to make sure everyone gets a good laugh out of it. As we all know, Brett Favre is battling an ankle injury. Chatter about his consecutive games played streak coming to an end this weekend in New England has been swirling about, although we all know there’s about a .00000001 percent chance Favre doesn’t start the game.
Favre has two fractures in his left ankle and had a noticeable limp at the end of Minnesota’s game against the Packers on Sunday (even more noticeable when he threw an interception to blow the game). He’s already made reference to the fractures during at least one press conference, making sure we know he has huge stones and is good for something other than sexually harassing people.
SI’s Peter King spoke with a top NFL orthopedist earlier in the week, who basically said Favre is milking the injuries by telling people they’re fractures and leaving it at that. The orthopedist calls one of the injuries — a stress fracture near Favre’s ankle — a “glorified ankle sprain” that can easily be shielded and medicated before a game. He said the other — which is a fracture near the heel — isn’t compromising any critical structure and can also be treated with an injection.
Not that we didn’t already think Favre was a drama queen, but it’s nice to hear it from a professional other than his agent. People with no medical background might think a fracture means it’s close to completely breaking, which clearly isn’t the case here. Come Sunday, Favre will go through the same process hundreds of other players across the league will be going through before the game — getting treated so they can play through pain. He’ll just be the only one trying to convince us he’s one tough Mississippi som’ bitch.