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Updating The Vikings Injury Report: Will Favre Play?

October 29, 2010

The Vikings welcomed a few players back to practice this week, but they also added a new name to the injury report. The full report reads as follows:

NAME POSITION INJURY WED. THU.
Abdullah, Husain S Concussion FP FP
Cook, Chris CB Knee FP FP
DeGeare, Chris OL Ankle LP LP
Favre, Brett QB Foot / Ankle DNP DNP
Guion, Letroy DT Hamstring LP LP
Hutchinson, Steve G Quadriceps DNP LP
Sheppard, Lito CB Hand LP LP
Sullivan, John C Calf LP LP
Williams, Pat DT Quadriceps LP LP

FP = Full participant
LP = Limited participant
DNP = Did not participate

First and foremost, let’s talk about Favre. Anyone who thinks Favre will not play on Sunday is flat out crazy. Peter King characterized Favre’s injury as a “glorified ankle sprain” in his Monday Morning Quarterback column this week, and added that “if this were a playoff game, most quarterbacks would play” with the type of injury Favre has.

Favre shed his walking boot Thursday, but said he could continue to wear it again this week. In Thursday’s press conference, head coach Brad Childress said Favre’s injury is improving.

He’s doing a little better every day,” Childress said. “Whether it’s good enough to play in an NFL football game remains to be seen.”

Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com insists Favre’s biggest obstacle to playing this week is Brad Childress, not Favre’s bum ankle.

Given Favre’s history, I cannot see any reason that he will not make his 292nd consecutive start on Sunday.

In the unlikely case that Favre is unable to go, backup Tarvaris Jackson is ready.

“With all of the uncertainty, I’m preparing to play on Sunday,” Jackson wrote on his blog. “I’m preparing like a starter, and honestly that’s pretty much all I know.”

Steve Hutchinson was a surprise addition to the injury report this week, but it appears that the protective sleeve he wore on his right leg Wednesday was precautionary. The veteran returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday, and will likely get the start on Sunday. If Hutchinson were to miss any time, it would be a devastating blow to an already struggling offensive line.

Finally, the secondary should get a boost this week with the return of cornerback Chris Cook and safety Husain Abdullah. Both players were full participants in practice all week and should see plenty of action on Sunday.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 29, 2010 5:41 am

    Did you see Seifert’s post about how well Favre is doing? I think Chilly should sit him. Maybe I’ve said that on here before. 😉 Give TJack a chance, because he probably won’t be worse (literally, Favre’s stats from this season are WORSE than TJack’s career stats).

    • October 29, 2010 9:27 am

      Thanks for the heads up, Phil. I hadn’t seen that yet.

      This weekend should be interesting…

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