DETROIT - Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre did not play in what was expected to be the last game of his Hall of Fame career against the Detroit Lions on Sunday due to lingering effects of a concussion.
Favre, the NFL’s career record holder in nearly every major statistical category for passing, has said repeatedly this 20th season will be his last. The Vikings listed Favre as inactive hours before the team’s 1 p.m. game in Detroit.
The 41-year-old Favre, whose record streak for consecutive starts ended at 297 regular-season games three weeks ago due to a shoulder injury, suffered concussion in a Dec. 20 game against the Chicago Bears and did not practice all week.
While Favre has said this would be his final year in the NFL, the quarterback has twice come out of retirement.
Favre is a three-time winner of the NFL’s most valuable player award and holds most major records for a quarterback, including career touchdowns, passing yards and wins.
Despite his advancing years, Favre had one of the best statistical seasons of his career in 2009, throwing for over 4,200 yards, 33 touchdowns and only seven interceptions.
But his numbers dropped off in what is expected to be his final season as he threw for 2,509 yards and 11 touchdowns, the lowest totals since his rookie year, when he played two games.
Favre was fined $50,000 by the NFL earlier this week for not cooperating with an investigation into allegations he sent lewd messages to a female employee of the New York Jets when he played with the club in 2008.