Favre wont start against Giants

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. (Reuters files)

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre. (Reuters files)

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, Last Updated: 6:31 PM ET

Detroit, MI Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre will be inactive against the New York Giants at Ford Field on Monday, ending his NFL-record regular-season consecutive start streak at 297.

Word came down just before 6 p.m. (et) of the decision, announced through the Vikings' Twitter feed and later confirmed on the club's website.

It will mark the first time since September 20, 1992 that Favre will not start a game at quarterback. At that time, the Southern Miss product was in his first season with the Green Bay Packers, and served as backup to Don Majkowski. This is also the first time since September 6 of that year that Favre will not participate in an NFL game.

Tarvaris Jackson will be under center instead, making his first start since 2008. 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.

Favre practiced on a very limited basis on Friday, but his status for what was to be Sunday afternoon's game in Minneapolis remained in question even as the contest was postponed, then moved, due to the collapse of the Metrodome's inflatable roof due to heavy snowfall.

The 41-year-old was quoted by multiple sources late Sunday, including the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, as saying his status for the game was in doubt, even with the extra day to prepare and heal.

Favre, who sat out Wednesday and Thursday, suffered a shoulder injury on his first pass attempt during last week's game against Buffalo and missed the remainder of the contest. He was diagnosed with an SC sprain to his right shoulder.

Starting left guard Steve Hutchinson did not participate in drills on Thursday or Friday after taking limited reps on Wednesday. Hutchinson, who had a streak of 131 straight starts (including the playoffs) snapped when he missed the Bills game, is suffering from a broken thumb and also will be inactive.

Wide receiver Percy Harvin will once again be inactive due to persistent migraine headaches, while defensive end Ray Edwards is also unable to play with an ankle injury.

Minnesota will also be without cornerback Chris Cook (knee), safety Tyrell Johnson (knee), wide receiver Hank Baskett and defensive tackle Fred Evans.


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