Brett Favre (Matthew Stockman/Getty)
Brett Favre is listed as doubtful and that designation appears like it will stick, as Favre and Leslie Frazier expressed their serious doubts that the quarterback could play tonight because he hadn’t passed the league-mandated concussion test as of Monday.
One of the byproducts of the most recent delay of a Vikings game has raised hopes that perhaps Brett Favre can make another unlikely comeback to the field for tonight’s game with the Eagles, but that doesn’t look likely to happen.
Unlike the shoulder injury that ended Favre’s 297-game starting streak, this time he has been sidelined with a concussion. Under new NFL restrictions, teams don’t take a player’s word for being ready to get back out on the field. Players must pass a series of tests in order to be cleared to play and, as of Monday, Favre was unable to pass those tests.
Head coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that Favre can’t return even if he wants to until he gets clearance from the medicos to return.
“That concussion is such a tenuous deal that we’ll see what happens,” Frazier said. “But there is a battery of tests that he still has to pass that he hasn’t passed, so it’s hard to change his status right now.”
Not surprisingly, Favre also got into the act of discussing his injury status with the network televising tonight’s game, NBC, telling the reporter Andrea Kremer that there wasn’t much reason for him to play.
"The best thing for me is not to play," Favre told NBC, according to USA Today. "Why play? What for?”
"There's a fine line between being tough and stupid. I finally need to think about my future life."
While Favre is still a big question mark (he remains listed as doubtful for tonight’s game), Frazier said it may be a different story with Adrian Peterson. Peterson said Monday that he expects to play and that the additional two days of rest for his ailing knee, injured when he banged knees with Tarvaris Jackson early in the Giants game, have given him more of a chance to play. Both A.D. and Frazier said they expect him to play tonight.
Will Favre make another improbable 11th-hour return? Don’t count on it, unless the doctors can attest to his incomparable healing capacity, because this time around, it won’t be his decision whether he feels he can play, it will be doctors and neurologists that make that call for him.
It would seem that Minnesota isn’t the only area where local TV weathermen predict apocalyptic snow totals only to overshoot the estimate. While 10-20 inches of snow were predicted to hit the Philadelphia area, the official total of 12.4 inches at the Philadelphia International Airport didn’t reflect the totals in downtown Philly or Lincoln Financial Field. While it isn’t always sunny in Philadelphia, the snow totals at and around the Linc were more on the order of three to six inches, according to reports there, which many NFL games have been played in.
In a TV interview with the Philadelphia FOX affiliate, Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell blasted the league’s decision to postpone the game, saying, “I think it’s a joke. We cancel [actually postponed] the game and there’s less than three inches of snow in Montgomery County, where a lot of our fans come from. I think the fans can make their own judgments about their own safety. This is football. Vince Lombardi would be spinning in is grave if we canceled a football game over this amount of snow. Football is a cold-weather sport. It should be played unless there are blizzard conditions. This is in no way, shape or form a blizzard.”
The snowfall of more than 12 inches at the Philly airport, where official snow/rain totals are kept, was the 17th-largest one-day storm total since they began keeping records in the late 1800s, so, while not the 20 inches predicted, it was still a substantial storm for a city not accustomed to getting those types of snowfall totals.
Unlike Favre, safety Madieu Williams, who has also been sidelined with a concussion, has passed his first in a series of required tests to return to action. If Williams can’t go, Jamarca Sanford will take his place.
The firing of Mike Singletary raised the number of head coaches fired during the 2010 season to four. With a half dozen other coaches on the hot seat for next season, there could be a 25 percent turnover or more of head coaches between the start of the 2010 season and the start of the 2011 campaign – which would be one of the highest one-year turnover totals in league history.
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.