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Favre, Carter Return to Field

November 5, 2002

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) _ Brett Favre extended his league record for consecutive regular season starts by a quarterback to 165 when the Green Bay Packers played the Miami Dolphins on Monday night.

Favre sprained his left knee in the Packers’ last game, Oct. 20 against Washington. Green Bay was idle last week and Favre returned to practice Wednesday, progressively increasing his workload all week.

He played with a knee brace for the first time in his career.

Favre’s streak, which is 181 counting playoff games, is the longest by any active NFL player at any position.

The game also marked the return of wide receiver Cris Carter, who came out of retirement for the Dolphins and was listed as a starter in place of James McKnight.

Carter, who spent most of his 15 pro seasons in Minnesota, was working as an analyst for HBO’s ``Inside the NFL″ when the Dolphins lured him back following a season-ending injury to starter Oronde Gadsden.

Entering the game, Carter trailed only Jerry Rice in career receptions (1,093) and touchdown catches (129).

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