Brett Favre (Stephan Savoia/AP)
Vikings quarterback Brett Favre is reportedly suffering from another injury. This time, he may have more damage in the shoulder that was surgically repaired in May 2009.
The injury list on Brett Favre is apparently worse than thought. Following Sunday’s loss, Favre reportedly told ESPN’s Ed Werder that his right shoulder is an issue.
Favre, who has been suffering from ankle, foot, calf and elbow injuries, told Werder that he is going to be examined by team doctors today to determine the extent of a right shoulder injury that is believed to be a lingering byproduct of the surgery he had 18 months ago to repair a torn biceps tendon.
With the Vikings at 3-6 and falling perilously close to being out of playoff contention, the latest pronouncement can’t be viewed as anything but devastating for a team heading in the wrong direction.
According to Werder, Favre said there was discussion of getting a pain-killing injection, but it wasn’t deemed necessary prior to Sunday’s game with Chicago. Favre said it didn’t get any worse playing Sunday, but that the pain persists.
Favre said he felt a sharp pain when putting on a shirt at practice Saturday. The pain didn’t have a recurrence during the game, but it remains a concern. The results of the examination likely won’t be known until Wednesday, when Favre is scheduled to have his weekly press conference with the media, but it clearly isn’t a good sign for a team hanging on by a thread.
Favre sounded resigned to the Vikings’ fate following Sunday’s game, saying, at the rate the Vikings are playing, they will officially be eliminated within a couple of weeks. It would appear that the Vikings will have to run the table in order to have any chance to make the playoffs. Not only are the Vikings three games behind the Packers and Bears (with a loss to both in hand), they are also four games behind Atlanta, three games behind the Giants, Saints and Buccaneers and, if the Eagles win tonight against Washington, will be three games behind them as well. It would seem that 10 wins are going to be needed to make the playoffs – whether as division champion or a wild card and, at this point, any wiggle room the Vikings once had is now gone.
There will also be doctor visits scheduled for Bernard Berrian and Percy Harvin. Berrian was going to play with a groin injury, but was shut down before the game started and Harvin, who has been battling an ankle injury, had his leg bent backward during a kick return Sunday and didn’t return to the game. The most devastating sight of Sunday’s game for Vikings fans came in the fourth quarter as the team attempted to make a similar last-gasp comeback only to have Harvin, Berrian and Sidney Rice all on the sidelines.
If the Vikings can right the ship, the schedule is looking solid, with four of the next five games coming at the Metrodome.
With Sunday’s loss, the Vikings have lost nine straight road games, including a 0-5 record on the road this season. Only Detroit has a road record as bad as the Vikings.
The best record the Vikings can have in the division is 4-2, given they beat the Bears, Packers and Lions in their next meetings. Chicago took over first place with a 3-0 division record, having posted wins against all three NFC North rivals.
John Holler has been writing about the Vikings for more than a decade for Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this topic on our message boards. To become a subscriber to the Viking Update web site or magazine, click here.