Favre leaves in second quarter with shoulder, elbow injuries

Updated: November 30, 2007, 1:16 AM ET
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IRVING, Texas -- Brett Favre was hopeful about extending his consecutive start streak after he left the Green Bay Packers' 37-27 loss at Dallas on Thursday night with an injured right elbow and separated left shoulder.

Favre Streak Notes

Brett Favre has established himself as the iron man of the NFL, but that title could be in jeopardy after he suffered shoulder and elbow injuries on Thursday. Here's a look at his record of durability:

• 249 consecutive regular-season starts and 269 including the playoffs
• Longest streak ever by a quarterback, third longest for any position
• Streak began on Sept. 27, 1992 versus the Steelers and rookie head coach Bill Cowher
• 207 other quarterbacks have started at least one NFL game since the streak began
• Has appeared on 49 injury lists during this period

Favre was hit hard while throwing a pass that was intercepted in the second quarter, leaving his status for Green Bay's next game against Oakland on Dec. 9 and his NFL-record run of 249 straight starts in question.

"I think I'll be OK," said Favre, who was wearing a bandage over his right arm. "It's fortunate we have a few extra days off. I'll just rest and see."

Favre was hurt with 10:11 left before halftime when he was hit by cornerback Nate Jones. Terence Newman made a diving interception of the fluttering pass.

Favre grabbed his arm and flexed it while walking slowly to the sideline. He didn't even realize he injured his non-throwing shoulder until he went into the dressing room to have some work done on his elbow.

Favre suffered a first degree separation of the same shoulder on Nov. 15, 1992. He led the Packers to a comeback win over the Eagles and then played the next week at Chicago and won as well.

Aaron Rodgers, who was 18-of-26 for 201 yards, took over at quarterback on Green Bay's next possession.

With his right arm covered with a sleeve, Favre returned to the sideline after getting treatment and having an X-ray taken during halftime. He was still wearing his pads, but wore a baseball cap as he watched Rodgers run the Green Bay offense.

Favre said he suffered a similar nerve injury to his right elbow last season, leaving the Packers' 35-0 loss to New England at Lambeau Field. Rodgers relieved Favre in that game, but broke his foot.

He said he lost feeling in his fingers Thursday night and his elbow began to swell.

"I could grip a football," Favre said. "I didn't want to throw and have it go out the back. It wasn't worth the risk."

Favre didn't seem too concerned about the shoulder since that injury isn't to his throwing arm.

"It's one of those things you can shoot up and play with," Favre said.

Rodgers had played in only six games in two-plus seasons before Thursday night. He had thrown only two passes this season.

With 31 seconds left in the first half, Rodgers threw his first career touchdown pass, an 11-yarder to Greg Jennings that got the Packers within 27-17.

Newman's interception set up the Cowboys for Tony Romo's 10-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens that gave them a 27-10 lead.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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