Childress might not make call on Favre until Sunday

Brett Favre has been listed as questionable for Sunday’s game, and a decision on whether or not his consecutive games started streak will live another week will likely not be made until the day of the game.

Favre has two small fractures in his left ankle and foot and was wearing a walking boot earlier in the week. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported today that Vikings coach Brad Childress is leaning toward starting Tarvaris Jackson on Sunday against the New England Patriots.

“(Favre) did a little bit more today, which is encouraging,” Childress said after practice this afternoon. “Got out before everybody else so he could move around a little bit and you always want to see by the end of today where he's at and certainly as he comes back in the morning to see where he's at. I'm fond of saying 48 hours to game time. We don't play until (4:15) east coast time so we still have got a lot of treatment time. Can bones heal in 48 hours? Probably not.”

It helps Favre that he was able to get out and do some work today, but he’s not a sure thing to play by any stretch. Childress said Favre’s mobility was “better than an iron deer on the lawn,” but wouldn’t give away much more of a report than that.

“I'll speak with him plenty,” Childress said. “It's not like going to a confessional like once a week I have to go to church to speak to him. He's in and around the building all the time. The dialogue is generally ongoing. I know people view that as being called to the principal's office when you sit in my office. We had a pretty good conversation standing right out here today for a long time.

“If he gives us the best chance to win, yeah (he’ll start). There's a couple of litmus things. There's, can he protect himself and what gives us the best chance to win?”

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