October 21, 2002
GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Brett Favre couldn't avoid two blitzing linebackers, but he thinks he sidestepped a serious injury.
Favre hobbled off Sunday with a sprained left knee, leaving the Packers to wonder how long they might be without their star quarterback.
"Fortunately, it's not as bad as it may have looked or felt," Favre said after his team's 30-9 win over Washington.
Favre was hurt when he was sandwiched between LaVar Arrington and Jeremiah Trotter.
The Packers said Favre damaged the lateral collateral ligament in his left knee, but they don't think he will miss any games. Green Bay is off this week.
Favre is scheduled to have an MRI today to determine if there's any further damage.
The Pro Bowl quarterback came out in the third quarter, was examined by team doctor Patrick McKenzie and was carted off the sideline to a standing ovation from the record crowd of 63,363 at Lambeau Field.
"I wanted to go back in," Favre said. "But I'm not familiar with knee injuries and Dr. McKenzie on the sideline did some tests and told me there was possibly a tear in the LCL and the ramifications of going back out with that tear, you basically leave the ACL wide open for injury."
When Favre went down and his left leg buckled under him in a twisted mass of bodies, Packers coach Mike Sherman cringed.
"My stomach dropped," Sherman said. "I asked somebody if they had the classified ads because it's a lot harder to work around here without our quarterback."
Ahman Green had the first three-touchdown rushing performance of his career to help Green Bay to its fifth straight win.
Backup Doug Pederson led the Packers on three scoring drives.
Favre finished 11-for-14 for 89 yards and left with Green Bay ahead 17-6.
Pederson was 9-of-15 for 78 yards, leading the Packers to two field goals and one touchdown in five series.
Green ran for 88 yards on 24 carries and scored on runs of 24, 2 and 8 yards, the last one after Redskins quarterback Patrick Ramsey's fifth sack and third fumble, which was recovered by Rod Walker at the Washington 23 in the fourth quarter.
In his second start, Ramsey overthrew his targets all afternoon and the Redskins settled for three field goals by James Tuthill.
Ramsey was 10-of-24 for 135 yards. He fumbled five times and was sacked six times.
Favre, the league's only three-time MVP, was playing in his 166th straight game, including 164 consecutive starts, a league record for quarterbacks and the longest current streak in the league at any position.