Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell said he would be surprised if QB Brett Favre doesn't play Sunday.
"Surprising would probably be a good word," Bevell said during his weekly press conference. "He's never not been out there, so it would probably be a surprise."
Favre has not practiced this week and has been in an out of a walking boot. He has two fractures in his left foot that could end his consecutive games streak at 291.
Although it puts Favre and head coach Brad Childress in a tricky spot, Favre has said he won't rule himself out for the Patriots game on Sunday. Bevell has seen Favre's toughness going back to their days in Green Bay, however, and knows better than to assume the QB will miss a game, something he hasn't done willingly in the NFL.
"I was there (in Green Bay) and he broke the thumb," Bevell said of Favre. "Immediately the doctor said, 'Hey, we've got to pin it and you're going to be out 6-8 weeks.' In his mind, he said, 'Well wait a minute, I just played really well.'
"We didn't know it was broken. He said, 'I'm going to give it a shot.' He played with that as well. It would surprise me if he wasn't able to be out there."
Bevell said whether Favre plays will be a decision made by Childress and Favre. The head coach and QB have sparred at times since last season, and Childress was critical of Favre's decision making in Sunday's loss to the Packers. Bevell said he and the other coaches have made sure to give Favre, who has 14 turnovers this season, some tough love when he has made mistakes.
"It's important for (QB coach Kevin Rogers) and myself as well to break it down like we would do with any other player," Bevell said. "We don't pull any punches with him. We tell him exactly how we feel it should be looked at. Actually to be honest, Brett is great about it. He sits there in the meetings and understands."