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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.



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  • Anonymous

    Hmmm….. So the reality of him starting 291 consecutive times ( the most by a country mile) and the fact that he’s 41 , Doesn’t convince you already? Personally I think this is a much more energizing storyline than 2 year old text messages .

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    Is he milking it or trying to add this to his list of excuses for his horrendous performance this year? Last week, it was his elbow. Now, it’s the ankle. By week 15, he’ll be senile.

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

    Agree completely. If Favre’s ankle were truly broken, he wouldn’t be able to walk. He’s definitely hurt, but so are mostly all the other QBs

  • http://twitter.com/therealdgallant David Gallant

    Hey dip$#!+$,

    Have you ever had a fracture in your foot? I have- just got myself a stress fracture of a metatarsal in July that is still healing. Was told by my doctor the other day that it will take several more months to be fully healed and not suffer the possibility of re-breaking. I walked on it (not well) and it hurt like a mother. It’s certainly stupid for him to play with fractures or any injury, but this report isn’t worth a grain of salt. Anonymous experts are no experts at all.

    PS- break a leg. No, really.

  • http://twitter.com/tmenke88 Tim Menke

    Thank you dave, I like how this “expert” keeps saying ignorant things like “well i wouldn’t call them fractures..” what the F else would you call them? He has 2 fractures in his ankle..those are the facts..now could he play on sunday? probably… Should he play? NO! How can this guy consider himself an expert and pretty much mock favre for having 2 fractures in his ankle..apparently he’s not tough enough at 41 years old..20 years in the league..291 consecutive football games..nope..favre’s just milking it so he wont have to play..ARE YOU FRIGGIN’ kidding me? Favre has more heart that anyone posting on here..and you can bet your ass that he wants to be on the field more than anyone. With that being said I dont feel he should play..I want him to heal so he can be effective on the field later in the year..not that he COULDN’T play on Sunday but if he’s gonna be playing hurt and much less mobile, what would be the point? Gonna get sacked a whole lot more, make more reckless decisions, and probably get hurt again (possibly with a worse injury)

  • http://twitter.com/tmenke88 Tim Menke

    Oh and in case anyones gonna complain that I dont know what i’m talking about, I want you all to know that I’m a registered X-ray tech. I’m pretty familiar with breaks in bones..so shut it

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_ON2Q3PFLNA6D7X45KFWMIQOTVY Eric Z

    Looks like the ankle didn’t bother him at gametime.