Tag:Brett Favre
Posted on: December 16, 2010 11:28 am
Edited on: December 16, 2010 11:32 am
 

Tarvaris Jackson heads to IR

Posted by Will Brinson

Tarvaris Jackson's consecutive start streak is over. At one. Brett Favre's replacement was placed on injured reserve Thursday, effectively ending his season and likely his career as a Viking.

Jackson suffered a turf toe injury against the Giants Monday, so Minnesota went out and signed Patrick Ramsey to back up rookie Joe Webb (who, apropos of nothing, is probably eligible as a wide receiver in fantasy, which I find fascinating) for Monday's game against Chicago.

Jackson's contract is up at the end of 2010, and it seems likely, with Brad Childress out of the picture, that both the Vikings and Jackson end up going their separate ways.

As for the fact that Favre isn't headed to IR yet, well, let's just say there's still a chance we see him play this year. Although a cameo against Chicago in eight-degree weather seems like a poor choice, unless Minnesota wants to see him end his career like a bug drifting around the Autobahn at windshield level.

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Posted on: December 16, 2010 2:16 am
 

Vikes ink Patrick Ramsey

Posted by Will Brinson

The Vikings are "optimistic" (Zygi Wilf's word, not mine) about their game in TCF Stadium this Monday, but that's not necessarily because of their quarterback situation, which is so bleak that it required them to sign Patrick Ramsey on Wednesday.

However, the Ramsey signing doesn't mean the Tulane product will get the start Sunday. According to Judd Zulgad of the Minnesota Star-Tribune, Joe Webb will still get the nod if Tavaris Jackson and Brett Favre are injured.

Frazier indicated that Jackson, who's dealing with turf toe, is likely out, and Favre, who missed his 29th consecutive start Sunday, is considered an "optimistic longshot" (my words) to play Monday.

"I'm still holding out hope that things will improve for Brett," Frazier said. "He'll get another chance to have another day of work [Thursday] so hopefully he'll be able to do something. But the door is not shut on Brett playing in the Chicago game. He's improving. His injury is one where rest helps. So he's had a full week now. There's still a chance. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that we'll get Brett back."

If his shoulder won't allow him to start, he'll likely serve as the third quarterback, with the rookie Webb starting and Ramsey backing him up.

Webb got run when Jackson was injured Sunday, and while less experienced than Ramsey, he has a better knowledge of Minnesota's offensive system at this point. "Joe Webb has the most familiarity with our offense," Frazier said during his weekly KFAN appearance. "He's been with us the entire season. Although he's coming off a hamstring injury, he'd be the next candidate. The next guy [Ramsey] would have to be ready to go in if something were to happen with Joe."

In other words, Ramsey's merely an insurance policy in case Frazier's flooded house gets hit by a tornado.

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Posted on: December 15, 2010 10:33 pm
 

The new ironmen

Posted by Andy Benoit

You may have heard that Brett Favre’s consecutive starts streak ended at 297 Monday night. So who is the new current ironman of the NFL?

If we’re talking about consecutive starts streak, it’s Peyton Manning (205). You probably knew that. With an 18-game schedule likely in effect, Manning will match Favre’s all-time mark in five years.

If we’re talking about consecutive games PLAYED streak, there are three ironmen: Manning, London Fletcher and Ronde Barber. Fletcher has made 158 consecutive starts. Barber is at 180 and counting.

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Posted on: December 15, 2010 7:30 pm
 

Goodell: Favre decision coming soon

Posted by Will Brinson

FORT WORTH, TEXAS -- Perhaps it's fitting that the final question Roger Goodell was asked following a lengthy post-owners' meeting press conference involved Brett Favre.

After all, with his theoretical impending retirement, he's kind of become an afterthought. But that doesn't mean the Commissioner can completely bypass any ruling on the situation.

The good news for those of us still clinging to this wrinkly soap opera is that it's coming to a close fairly soon -- Goodell said he'd received a final report and would rule on the situation soon.

"I got a report some time last week and expect that some time in the near future I will make a decision," Goodell said.

When pressed as to whether that decision would be made before the end of the season, Goodell said, "I expect so, yes."

Of course, it might not matter. Favre had his consecutive start streak recently (at 297, on a Monday night game that the entire country couldn't watch), and he's unlikely to play again this year (the Vikings just signed Patrick Ramsey to play quarterback, so good is their depth chart situation).

Additionally, Favre's said he'll retire after this year (yes, yes, grain of salt and whatnot).

Which means that even if Goodell decides to suspend the gunslinger, it might mean absolutely nothing, because he's unlikely to take the field anyway.

But at the very least, we'll get some resolution soon. Unless Jenn Sterger's people actually acquiesce to the request of Favre's lawyer and file a lawsuit against the quarterback. But that won't be the NFL's concern in about three weeks.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: December 15, 2010 9:14 am
Edited on: December 15, 2010 10:38 am
 

Giants WR Smith to undergo season-ending surgery

Posted by Will Brinson

Update (10:35): Smith is donecakes, as Giants' PR man Pat Hanlon announced Tuesday that the wide receiver was examined by team physician Russell Warren and then had an MRI on his left knee that revealed an articular cartilage tear that will require season-ending surgery.

Steve Smith finally returned to the Giants' lineup Monday after a month-long absence with a partially torn pectoral muscle. The Giants rolled over the Minnesota (although Smith only caught one ball), but the victory might have been costly, as Smith will reportedly miss the remainder of the 2010 season with a knee injury.

The New York Daily News' Ralph Vacchiano reports Wednesday morning via sources that Smith suffered a torn meniscus in his knee.

"This does not look good for him at all," one of the sources said.

Vacchiano's source did not, however, "know the severity" of the tear, so it's possible that Smith won't miss the rest of the season.

Indeed, the Giants have yet to mention anything regarding an injury to Smith's knee -- he supposedly hurt his hip early in the fourth quarter on his only catch of the game, but given the shroud of overcoverage that Brett Favre induced onto that game, it's no surprise that some injury news could sneak out. 

According to Vacchiano, when Smith was taken for an MRI on his hip Monday, the medical staff discovered the knee injury, although the Giants have yet to announce it.

What happens to Smith then, provided this report is true? Well, the Giants would either have to place him on injured reserve, ending his season, or hope that he can heal in time for one of their three remaining regular season games (and hopefully, the first round of the playoffs).

That's tricky, though, because if Smith doesn't make it back in time, he takes up a roster space and damages the Giants' depth.

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 6:08 pm
 

An important question to answer: who's MIN's QB?

B. Favre probably won't be placed on IR, and if he's healthy enough, he could start Monday (US Presswire). Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Though many of us had predicted that Brett Favre had played the final game of his career – “What would be the point?” I asked on a Hartford radio station last night – the Vikings don’t have plans to place him on the Injured Reserve list with his shoulder injury.

And actually, he could play once again this season.

But that doesn’t necessarily solve Leslie Frazier’s biggest problem: namely, who will start at quarterback this week (this doesn’t take into account that the biggest problem of all might be where the hell the team is going to play Monday).

At this point, Frazier doesn’t know about his QB position. After all, Favre’s shoulder is still hurt – and if it’s enough to end his consecutive games streak, you know he’s really, really hurt – interim starter Tarvaris Jackson is battling turf toe and third-stringer Joe Webb has a bad hamstring (it appears practice squad R.J. Archer won't be signed to the active roster).

With his options limited, Frazier told reporters the team had focused on eight free agent quarterbacks who Minnesota could sign and, ultimately, start Sunday.

"(We're) just trying to determine which guy best fits us at this stage," Frazier said, via the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "Because it's probably going to be a guy who may very well find himself playing in that Monday night ballgame. So through that list, we're just trying to determine which guy can help us."

It’s not out of the realm of possibilities that Favre – whose MRI reading on his neck and shoulder today was negative (as in, positive news for him) could start. After all, no matter what you think about him, the dude is tough as hell, and if he can play, he will.

"It looks like there's a chance that we're going to be able to get him back at some point," Frazier said. "Hopefully this week. But we're optimistic that we're going to have him so we're not really thinking IR at all."

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Posted on: December 13, 2010 5:51 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2010 6:06 pm
 

Favre will NOT play

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The question of the day has been answered. Vikings QB Brett Favre is INACTIVE and will not play tonight vs. the Lions.

The streak, then, will stand at 297.

Favre That’s the number of consecutive starts Vikings QB Brett Favre has made in his career, a stretch that will end tonight because of a sprained shoulder.

Tarvaris Jackson will get his first start since the end of the 2008 season. So far this season, Jackson is 19 of 28 for 223 yards, three touchdowns and three interceptions.

It should be noted that it sounds like Favre's shoulder could keep him out the rest of the season. Which means Favre's career very well could be completely finished.

UPDATED (6:04 p.m.): And if you'd like to commemorate this moment, Favre has the present for you. On his official website, you can buy a signed football with the inscription: 297 starts 1992-2010 . The cost: a cool $499.99. (H/T to Darren Rovell for the link). By the way, this page was active 10 minutes after Favre officially was ruled out.

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Category: NFL
Posted on: December 13, 2010 12:38 pm
Edited on: December 13, 2010 2:28 pm
 

Frazier says Favre doubtful, but you never know

Posted by Andy BenoitB. Favre (US Presswire)

UPDATE 2:15 p.m. ET: Ed Werder is reporting that Favre and his teammates believe the streak will end tonight. If the streak ends, it's likely that we've already seen the final play of Favre's career.

It’s against international law for a sports media outlet to go more than 24 hours without a new Brett Favre story. So, here’s the latest out of Minnesota, err, Detroit: Favre is still skeptical that he’ll be able to extend his consecutive starts streak to 298. On Monday morning, his head coach sounded only slightly less skeptical.

Leslie Frazier was somewhat optimistic about Favre’s chances in a conference call Sunday. He said the extra 30 or so hours of recovery/prep time that the snowstorm and Metrodome roof collapse afforded Favre would be helpful. But with roughly half of those hours now gone, Frazier’s optimism seems to have waned a bit.

Asked what Favre’s status is for the Giants game (kickoff 7:20 ET), Frazier replied, "Doubtful, but sometimes you never know with him."

Tarvaris Jackson took virtually all of the reps in practice this week. Still, expect to see Favre test his injured shoulder in pregame warmups. The Vikings must declare their eight inactive players 90 minutes before kickoff.

And because this awesome footage can't be viewed enough, here's a reminder as to why Favre and the Vikings got a 30-hour extension on the game:



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