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Favre lobs passes at Vikings' Friday practice

Brett Favre has returned to practice with the Minnesota Vikings.

Favre was on the field for the first part of Friday's practice. He had tape on his left ankle, which has two fractures, threatening his ability to play on Sunday at New England.

Favre threw a few easy passes in warmup drills, but he didn't roll out or take deep dropbacks while reporters were allowed to watch.

Coach Brad Childress is scheduled to address reporters after practice, when the team must submit the final injury report of the week and list Favre as either probable, questionable, doubtful or out against the Patriots.

Childress has said he won't let Favre's streak affect the decision on whether to play him. He has started an NFL-record 291 consecutive games.

Favre missed his second consecutive day of practice Thursday, but he walked around the facility without the oversized boot that had been protecting his injured ankle and heel.

Asked if he thought he could play this weekend against the New England Patriots, Favre said Thursday: "I wouldn't put anything past me, to be honest with you."

Still, the decision might not be Favre's to make. According to a report in Friday's Minneapolis Star Tribune, Childress is leaning toward starting Tarvaris Jackson on Sunday. The report, which cites an NFL source, goes on to say that Favre has confided in people close to him that he's not convinced Childress will let him play.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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