Tuesday, October 5, 2004 at 1:00am

It was no surprise when Packers quarterback Brett Favre practiced last week, despite having a bad bruise on the back of his left leg thanks to being kneed there by Colts defensive end Dwight Freeney.

The injury put him out of the Sept. 26 game, which was just the fifth time in his career Favre left a game because of an injury. He entered the season having started 189 consecutive regular-season games, and the streak had showed no signs of ending until Favre suffered a concussion Sunday against the Giants.

He came back on the field to throw a touchdown pass, the team's only score of the game, but later doctors refused to allow him to play in what turned out to be the team's third consecutive loss and second straight at Lambeau Field. The last time that happened was 1988.

Suddenly, Favre appears mortal, and the Packers are no longer invincible at home.

After suffering that leg injury in the game against the Colts, he also spoke for the first time about a problem he has experienced in his left shoulder for the last two years. Favre said sometimes it

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