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Brett Favre To Face the Bears on Monday Night Football?

December 20, 2010

In an unprecedented move, the Minnesota Vikings have upgraded quarterback Brett Favre from “out” to “questionable” for Monday Night’s game against the Chicago Bears.

During Sunday’s walkthrough portion of practice, Vikings’ interim head coach Leslie Frazier said Favre “can throw it, but the pain is just too excruciating right now.”

However on Monday, Favre and the Vikings believe he may be able to play. Favre will test his throwing arm 2 ½ hour prior to the 7:30 p.m. kickoff at TCF Bank Stadium.

According to injury reporting policy, “out” is defined as “definitely will not play” but the designations are not set in stone and teams are required to update the NFL with any changes in a player’s status. From NFL spokesman Greg Aiello:

“If a player’s medical status changes during the course of the week the club must update his playing status accordingly prior to the game. That is what the Vikings did when Brett’s status changed today.”

Aiello added that, “The club discussed it with us first.”

The Bears were also informed of the move. Needing a victory to secure a division title, the Bears cannot be too happy with the plethora of issues – stadium and injury report – that have plagued this matchup.

I’m not much of a betting man, but since Favre’s status has been upgraded, I would say it’s a pretty safe bet that he plays tonight.

One player who is definitely out is guard Steve Hutchinson. The Vikings placed Hutchinson on injured-reserve today and promoted quarterback R.J. Archer from the practice squad to the active roster.


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