Concussion Has Favre In Limbo; Webb Preps To Start

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — As the Minnesota Vikings have been reminded this season, ruling Brett Favre out is never easy.

He managed to make it in Monday night’s game after the final injury report declared him out, let alone all the other weeks just this year when his status was unclear until the final hours.

That’s why Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier is still holding a spot in the starting lineup for the 41-year-old, soon-to-be-retired quarterback in case he recovers quickly from the concussion that knocked him out of the game against the Bears.

“It will just be a day-to-day situation,” Frazier said. “If he gets cleared by our doctors then things will change, but until he’s cleared there isn’t much that can be done other than whatever the doctors recommend.”

Teammate Ryan Longwell joked that Favre called him “Brian” when they spoke on Wednesday.

“Certainly when you get your head bounced off a hard surface like that it’s no fun, but he’s doing all right,” Longwell said. “We chuckled about a few things.”

None of the Vikings would bet against seeing Favre on the field again this season.

“When it comes to him,” tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said, “you should expect everything.”

As required by the NFL, Favre will undergo daily post-concussion testing until he proves he can play without symptoms. For now, the Vikings are preparing rookie Joe Webb to start — just as they did the previous week, when Favre’s shoulder suddenly felt good enough the morning of the game to warrant giving it a try.

Favre was not made available on Wednesday for his weekly between-games news conference, for the first time this season. He said Monday night he didn’t regret risking further harm by suiting up, despite the new injury he incurred when his helmet was slammed into the cold turf.

Asked that night whether he wants to play once more this season, Favre poked fun at his waffling nature while giving a non-answer.

“Based on my decision-making, I probably shouldn’t tell you one way or the other right now,” he said.

The Vikings have two games left. Favre has said this will be his final season.

“My stubbornness, hardheadedness and stupidity at times has enabled me to play for 20 years and play the way I’ve played,” Favre said. “It’s just the way I’ve always approached it, the way I play. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”

Favre is also waiting for word from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell regarding the league’s investigation into allegations he made advances toward a former Jets employee when they were there two years ago. Goodell said Monday he hopes to wrap it up by the end of the season.

Favre didn’t practice Wednesday. Starting safety Madieu Williams, who also sustained a concussion against the Bears, sat out too. So did running back Adrian Peterson, whose bruised thigh was too painful for him to play in Monday’s game.

Frazier said the team plans to give Peterson an opportunity to practice on Thursday.

“We’re not going to put him at risk if he’s not able to perform and protect himself and do all the things he has to do,” Frazier said. “We’ll monitor it and just see how he moves along.”

Peterson was hurt when his leg collided with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson’s in the game against the New York Giants last week.

Jackson is on injured reserve, but the Vikings now four quarterbacks on the active roster after signing Rhett Bomar from the Giants’ practice squad. Patrick Ramsey will be the backup if Webb starts.

Bomar was once Oklahoma’s starting quarterback, but was dismissed by the Sooners for getting paid for work he didn’t do at a car dealership. He finished his career at Sam Houston State.

“We think he has the ability in an emergency situation to maybe help us out, but also we’ll look at him for the future,” Frazier said. “We’ll just see how much we can give him as the week goes on.”

Bomar said he was excited for the fresh start. Behind Eli Manning, there wasn’t much of a chance to develop with the Giants.

“It’s just a better opportunity than what I was in,” he said.

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  • Bobby

    Seriously, we have to do this again? Why are you even reporting on this? Favre had a minor concussion on Monday, he will play.

  • zee the reporter

    This man webb has to go!! WANTED A VIKINGS QUARTERBACK! zee reporting!

  • Jody

    Hopefully the blow to the head will knock some sense into him and he’ll retire once and for all!

  • Webb can Play

    Webb is very raw he does have an arm on him if you all give this kid a chance he could really do something. He can ran, throw and scramble like the best of the qaurterbacks in the league. People need to get there heads out and really look at this kid. We have no front line to block for him, center can not even hike the ball right. He can do this just give him a chance to learn and get comfortable people.

  • Burning Thunder

    Webb is the future QB great…that man is incredible. Just let him play for crying out loud! Forget Farve…his days are over.

  • edman

    We need to focus on the future play Joe Webb Let him take his lumps while we suck for the next few yrs.

  • Go Joe!

    Joe did as well as TJack would have and TJack’s been around for 5 years. Joe needs and deserves the same number one focus given to all number one quarterbacks of the future. While Joe is under the gun right now, a good off season of prep will show this guy has more than an arm and legs.

    Btw, fire the offensive line coach. Trade/draft for some real shut down cornerbacks.

  • nunya

    Let Webb play. It isn’t like it will hurt the vikings to lose another game this year. I really hope that Favre finally once and for all retire. I would hate if he keeps playing until 90 and using a walker on the feild.


    webb is the same player as Michael Vick, only without the shady past. give him time

  • Michele

    Farve would be a great coach for Webb, and yes the front line sucks, find a better center and give Frazier the Head coaching job!!!

  • George


  • Steve

    the queens suck. lost hope in them years ago. I’m glad they fired the coach.

  • Johnny

    It’s time to let Favre go. He is no longer Superbowl material.

  • Al

    How about trading TJerk to Dallas for Marion Barber. Pick up a defensive back/safety or two. Then pcik up either Vick (on last year of contract) or McNabb to help Webb. Who knows if the “old man” will stick around and help
    Webb. Webb does show signs of being a good QB. TJerk has had 5 years and still can’t. I agree to get Webb a “mentor” for one more year then hand it to him
    and see what happens.

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