Game-time decision looms for Favre

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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Minnesota Vikings interim head coach Leslie Frazier said Brett Favre would not practice Wednesday as the team prepares for Sunday's game against the New York Giants and indicated that the quarterback's status will likely be a game-time decision.

Favre suffered a shoulder injury on his first pass attempt during last week's game against Buffalo and sat out the remainder of the contest. He was diagnosed with an SC sprain to his right shoulder and rest appears to be the key to this weekend's decision for both coach and quarterback.

"He's not quite ready to throw a football yet," Frazier said Wednesday. "We'll see [Thursday]."

Frazier said the decision to play Sunday won't be solely up to Favre, or himself.

"You can't take the medical staff out of the equation," Frazier remarked. "If he can't function it's not a hard decision. It will be a combination of the medical staff, how he feels and what I see.

"It feels like we're headed for a decision on Sunday, at least it seems that way."

Favre, of course, has a record streak of 297 consecutive regular-season starts on the line, but said Wednesday that won't matter to him.

"Am I aware of what I've done? Absolutely," Favre said Wednesday. "My only reasoning for wanting to play is to help this team win. I don't want to jeopardize the team for selfish reasons. I'll just try to treat it day-to-day. If the streak's over, it's over."

Favre said he has pain in the shoulder, but he's played with more than his share of injuries in the past, including elbow tendinitis and a pair of broken bones in his ankle earlier this season.

"Certain movements, rolling in bed, remind you of [the pain]," Favre stated about the latest injury. "It's a little different. I've had bruised shoulders before, but this is in a different spot. The range of motion is where the pain is. Putting on a shirt is a little sore right now."

Favre hopes to know by Friday whether he can play against the Giants, but he is unsure himself.

"It all comes down to can you function enough to play within the offense," Favre offered. "I hope I can play in this game and be effective."

If Favre is unable to play, Tarvaris Jackson would get the start. Jackson replaced Favre last week and threw for 187 yards on 15-of-22 passing with two touchdowns and three interceptions in Minnesota's 38-14 victory. The Vikings have won two straight to improve to 5-7 for the season.


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