Favre To Start Last Game If He Can, But Webb Ready

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) — Brett Favre must receive medical clearance to play in Minnesota’s final game.

But rookie quarterback Joe Webb sure passed the test in his first career start for the Vikings.

While Favre watched from the sideline because of post-concussion symptoms, Webb helped Minnesota upset playoff-bound Philadelphia on Tuesday. The sixth-round draft pick from Alabama-Birmingham completed 17 of 26 passes for 195 yards and also ran for 31 yards and a touchdown, without any turnovers.

Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said Favre will start Sunday against Detroit if he can participate.

“We’d love to see him play,” Frazier said Wednesday. “It’s really not a hard decision for me. Brett is a terrific player. We feel very comfortable when he’s on the field that we have a great chance to win, so you always want to put the guy out there who is going to give you the best chance to win. If Brett is healthy I think our entire team feels very confident that we have a great chance to win when he’s the starting quarterback.”

Frazier praised Webb for his poise down the stretch against the Eagles, including a critical third-and-11 completion to Percy Harvin with less than 8 1/2 minutes left to put the Vikings in position for a touchdown that stretched their lead to 10 points.

“Everyone kept telling me they’ve got my back,” Webb said after the game, adding: “I just wanted to make sure, first, I took care of the ball and put my team in place to win.”

Webb said he won’t worry about whether he’ll get another start.

“I’m just playing my game and just having fun with it,” he said. “Whatever coach wants to do with me, that’s his decision. All I can do is play and perform to the best of my ability.”

Webb credited Favre for giving him valuable advice on the sideline and seemed to have a grasp of the situation this week — that one of the sport’s all-time greats is on the verge of playing his last game.

“If he wants to play, he can play,” Webb said. “He’s Brett Favre.”

The Vikings didn’t practice Wednesday, but they issued an injury report that said Favre would not have participated. Frazier said the 41-year-old hasn’t taken concussion tests in “three or four” days, but might give them another go Thursday. Last year, the NFL issued stricter return-to-play standards regarding head injuries.

“You’re trying to get a gauge of how close he is to what he was before,” Frazier said. “And then after that you’ve got to be able to find out if the guy can exercise without symptom. You’ve got to put him through a few different drills just to find out if he’s headache-free, he’s not experiencing dizziness or nausea or some of the things that you sometimes get when you have a guy that was concussed.”

Frazier said the team’s medical staff has told him there are no concerns about Favre’s shoulder, neck or hand, the injury that kept him out of the Dec. 13 game against the New York Giants and ended his NFL-record streak of 297 straight regular-season starts.

“He’s a very competitive guy, as we all know,” Frazier said. “I approached him last night in pregame. We were watching the offense warm up and I said, ‘Hey, I know those competitive juices are flowing, aren’t they?’ He started laughing and said, ‘Yes they are.’ And that’s not going to change. It’s just a matter of if he can physically do it or not. He’d like to finish on the football field as opposed to watching. That’s just who he is.”

As for Webb, the Vikings and their fans would enjoy another chance to watch him play before the season is over, too. He’s the only quarterback currently on the roster under contract beyond this year, and his status — he was originally slated to play wide receiver — will be one of many intriguing offseason storylines for this unsettled franchise.

“He has a high ceiling,” Frazier said. “He’s a tremendous athlete, a guy who’s very charismatic. Players really rally behind Joe. They have a lot of confidence in his abilities. Although he’s a very young player, they really believe in him and it’s been that way all along.”

The Lions game is approaching quickly, with the Vikings experiencing another out-of-the-ordinary week in a season full of them following the postponement of their game in Philadelphia because of a snowstorm.

The Vikings (6-9) put constant pressure on Michael Vick and touted Frazier, their aspiring permanent head coach, with perhaps their best performance of the season. Frazier said he expects to speak with lead owner Zygi Wilf and team president Mark Wilf soon about his status. He got a congratulatory phone call from them after the game.

“They were really pleased with the way our players played and the effort that they gave, and they were very complimentary,” Frazier said.

Notes: Frazier said RB Adrian Peterson will be watched closely this week after hurting his knee but finishing the game Tuesday. … Favre won’t be the only player subject to post-concussion testing this week. WR Sidney Rice and backup LB Erin Henderson also had concussions against the Eagles. FS Madieu Williams is still recovering from his from the week before.

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  • ts

    take a break brett. let webb get in there and get some well deserved experience. with a bit more time under his belt, he may add up to a great qb!
    sit down. your time in the spotlight is over. thanks for all you have done.

  • LT

    TS if you have watched football at all for the past 20yrs you know that is not Farve’s style. You know as well as everyone else that Farve is gonna want to go out with a “bang” and with the season they have had the only way to do that is go out there on the final night and play the best darn game of his career

  • Patrick Shull

    This is complete BS if Favre starts after getting a fine for what he did, which the rest of us would of been fired for and gets treated to being the starting QB this week is complete BS. Favre should never put a Viking uniform on again or any other NFL teams uniform again after what he did and how he has played this season. Webb should be the starter and he earned it after last nights victory. Favre take your bloated ego and run for Mississippi and never come back to MN. Frazier if you start Favre this week you should be fired and never become a head coach in the NFL. Webb should be starting this week to prove to everyone what he has and in the off season the QB and head coach can work with him to show him what not to do and what to look for to make him a better player, but if Favre plays then Webb will have nothing to work on or prove on because there will only be one and a half games to look over instead of 2 and a half games. Frazier start Favre and I will be on the fire you now bandwagon and I was on the Childress fire bandwagon and promote you because I thought you had brains in your head but if you start Favre it will prove me wrong and we need a real head coach. For Favre if you start I am not a praying person but I will be this week and I will be praying that the offensive line slips and falls and the Lions entire defense comes charging at you and just slaughters you to the point that you are in a wheelchair for life.

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  • Eric

    Wow patrick get a life

  • Patrick Shull

    To be honest I really don’t care what you two think about me. Favre has destroyed this season and has such a big ego that he don’t know that he should of retired a long time ago. Last season was a fluke for him and this year we have seen the real Favre. Also if Favre would wake up and realize that he is too old for this game and let Webb take over and show what he can do and can’t do then maybe the Vikings could either work with Webb during the off season and or look for a different starting QB but with Favre he has taken that chance away from Webb once and is going to do it again. Webb could be a great QB or a flop and we won’t find out until Favre finally retires for good and the way its looking the only way that will happen is if he is in a wheelchair. The reason I am saying this is because for almost 10 years now we have been hearing him cry and moan about him retiring and then after training camp is over he says nope I am going to play another season. I can guarantee if you went to your boss and told him that you will only work one maybe two days a week and only for a few hours I will bet that you wouldn’t have a job in five minutes. So why should this egotistical SOB be able to do the same?

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