Brett Favre’s latest problem is his elbow.
With the NFL investigating whether he sent lewd photos of himself to a Jets game hostess while he played for the team in 2008, Favre said yesterday that his league-record streak of 289 straight starts could be in danger if the pain in his right elbow gets worse.
The 41-year-old quarterback did not practice with the Vikings, preferring to rest the tendinitis that flared up noticeably on Monday night in the loss to the Jets.
“I don’t want to play just to play,’’ Favre said. “It’s kind of a funny injury. It could flare up and get worse.’’
It’s even more adversity for Favre this season, which so far has been anything but a repeat of last year’s charmed run to the NFC title game. How bad is it? Yesterday, Minnesota TV station WCCO posted video of Favre getting hit in the groin by a stray football during a warm-up before practice started.
And the Vikings are off to a 1-3 start heading into what they call a must-win game against Dallas Sunday.
“I don’t rank them,’’ Favre said when asked how the allegations measure up to other issues he’s dealt with in his career. “I’m thrilled to be here and have an opportunity to lead this team to the Super Bowl . . . There’s still a lot of football left. I feel very confident in a lot of ways.’’
Vikings coach Brad Childress said he’s “worried about both’’ Favre’s physical condition with the elbow injury and his mental state with the investigation ongoing.
Both had surgery this week and coach Mike McCarthy said placing them on injured reserve is “definitely’’ an option, although the team may wait until next week to make a decision.
“Getting the current players that we have on our roster healthy to win this football game [Sunday against Miami] is our focus,’’ McCarthy said.
Finley hurt his right knee in last Sunday’s overtime loss at Washington, and Barnett hurt his left wrist in a victory over Detroit a week earlier.
There were 14 players listed on the Packers’ injury report yesterday — including quarterback Aaron Rodgers, who is recovering from a concussion and did not practice.
Josh Luchs told Sports Illustrated for its Oct. 18 edition that he paid more than 30 players from 1990-96, including many who didn’t sign with him. The Jets wide receiver, one of the more prominent players named in the story, insisted he and Luchs never had a meeting.
“I don’t know him,’’ Holmes said. “I’ve never met him. Don’t care to know him.’’
“I’m in my fifth year in the NFL, I’m a Super Bowl MVP,’’ added Holmes, in his first season with New York after four seasons in Pittsburgh. “I have not been to the table to take any money from anybody, from any team, and I asked to take money from a guy that I don’t even know? Seriously? That’s self-explanatory.’’
Technically, the Chargers could re-sign Merriman, but that almost certainly won’t happen, because general manager A.J. Smith hasn’t been a fan of Merriman’s celebrity-leaning lifestyle.
Merriman had 39 1/2 sacks in his first three seasons. He’s had only four in the three seasons since due to injuries.
Merriman, who’s been on the trading block for some time, declined to comment when contacted via e-mail.
However, a publicist released a statement in which Merriman was quoted as saying, “I am approaching this situation as an opportunity to grow as a player and to bring my leadership and talents to a new organization.’’