FOXBOROUGH -- Although Brett Favre's NFL-record of 291 consecutive starts seemed in jeopardy for this week's game against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, especially after Vikings coach Brad Childress confirmed yesterday his 41-year-old quarterback suffered two fractures in his left ankle in Sunday night's loss at Green Bay, Belichick was fully expecting to see Favre take the field in Foxborough."Of course, he's started 8,000 games, hasn't he?" Belichick said. "At the same time, we were hearing the same thing about [Chargers tight end Antonio] Gates last week and how he wasn't going to play and all that. I don't know you can ever count a player like that out. I don't know when the last time Gates has missed a game. Favre is Lou Gehrig.
"Of course I expect him to be there."
"But you have to be ready for everybody," Belichick said. "You have to be ready for all the players on their roster and whether they want to substitute or not, they can be forced into a substitution, so you have to be ready for everybody who could potentially be active for the game."
"If that player gets in the game, that's part of your preparation as a staff and as players to know what that players' strengths and weaknesses are and what his abilities are."