Favre on track to start

Earlier this week, Brett Favre addressed the possibility of sitting and resting his throwing elbow that has tendinitis. But Favre returned to practice on a limited basis Thursday to get on the same page with his receivers and should start Sunday against the Cowboys.

Brett Favre said this week that he would be willing to end his consecutive games streak in order to rest his sore throwing elbow if that proves to be in the Vikings' best interest.

If only it were that simple.

Favre, who turned 41 on Sunday, has started an NFL-record 289 consecutive regular-season games during his 20-year career. Tendinitis in his elbow could threaten that streak, but no one knows if Favre will be able to actually follow through with not starting.

"I think any player would have to consider that," Favre said of sitting out. "Going through that type of situation where I can (play), but will rest help? Yeah, it will be a consideration I'll take. ... I need to work on the timing obviously, but to what extent?"

That is part of Favre's issue. He skipped training camp and is trying to get on the same page as many of his wide receivers. That includes Randy Moss, who was obtained last week from New England.

Favre did not practice Wednesday but did limited throwing Thursday and is on track to start Sunday against the Cowboys in a matchup of teams that are off to surprising 1-3 starts.

Favre said his biggest issue isn't the zip on the football but the accuracy, something that was obvious at times watching him in the Vikings' 29-20 loss to the Jets on Monday night.

"There were some throws that blindfolded I felt like I could have made," Favre said. "I made some good throws but missed on some that I don't miss on. That's what I don't want to happen. ... From that standpoint, I don't want to play just to play."

  • The Vikings will play host to the Cowboys on Sunday afternoon in a game that when the schedule came out appeared to be a marquee matchup between two of the NFC's elite.

    The reality is that this now will be simply about two teams trying to not let their seasons slip away.

    The Vikings and Cowboys are among the NFL's biggest disappointments, starting the season with 1-3 records. That puts the Vikings second-to-last in the NFC North, ahead of Detroit (1-4), and Dallas in the cellar of the NFC East.

    Minnesota is coming off a 29-20 loss against the New York Jets on Monday night in the Meadowlands in which it put together one of the most feeble halves of offense in recent memory.

    The Vikings were shut out in the opening 30 minutes and accumulated 51 total yards of offense. This coming from a team that has Brett Favre at quarterback, Adrian Peterson at running back and Percy Harvin and Randy Moss at wide receiver.

    Granted, Moss only had three days to practice after arriving from New England, but that's no excuse for the feeble output.

    The Vikings improved in the second half, but it didn't prove to be enough. The highlights included Favre's 37-yard touchdown pass to Moss and 34- and 11-yard scoring tosses to Harvin.

    "I'm embarrassed we lost this football game," Favre said following the defeat. "We didn't do very much the first half. Forty or 50 yards, that's embarrassing. We still had a chance to win the football game with 40 or 50 yards. They are a good defense, but I think we're a pretty good offense."

    One major issue, however, is that Favre's throwing elbow continues to give him problems. He has been dealing with tendinitis in the elbow and at times Monday grabbed the arm after making throws. He said he would be willing to sit out and end his NFL-record starting streak if it comes to that point.

    While much of the focus on Favre has been on the alleged inappropriate pictures he sent via cell phone to a former employee of the Jets in 2008, the injury could become a much bigger deal if the tendinitis does not clear up.

    "I don't want to play just to play," Favre said.

    The Vikings got more bad news when cornerback Cedric Griffin tore his right anterior cruciate ligament in the fourth quarter against the Jets. He is out for the season.

    Griffin tore his left ACL in the NFC title game last year, and he returned Sept. 26 after completing that rehab process. With Griffin sidelined, the Vikings are again going to be short-handed in the secondary as they prepare to play a Dallas offense that is ranked third in the NFL in passing.

    SERIES HISTORY: 21st regular-season meeting. Series tied, 10-10. Dallas had a 24-14 victory over the Vikings in their last regular-season meeting in 2007. The Vikings routed the Cowboys 34-3 in a second-round playoff game at the Metrodome last season.

    BY THE NUMBERS: 6 – Sacks by the Vikings this season, tying them for 28th in the NFL with Buffalo and Cincinnati.

    QUOTE TO NOTE: "God willing. Yeah, that'd be a tremendous plan." -- Vikings coach Brad Childress, when asked if this will be the week the team's offense will start to click.


  • C John Sullivan returned to practice Thursday on a limited basis wearing a wrap on his injured left calf after sitting out Wednesday. Sullivan did not play in Monday night's game against the Jets.

  • OL Chris DeGeare (ankle) did not practice Wednesday or Thursday.

  • S Jamarca Sanford returned on a limited basis Thursday after sitting out Wednesday because of a back injury.

  • CB Chris Cook (knee) was limited Wednesday and Thursday but is hoping to play Sunday against the Cowboys after missing Monday's game. It appears to be a long shot that Cook will be on the field.

  • DE Brian Robison was limited in practice Wednesday and Thursday because of an ankle injury.

  • TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring) was limited Wednesday and Thursday. He played Monday despite having suffered the injury Sept. 26 against the Lions.

  • S Madieu Williams was limited because of a shoulder injury Wednesday and Thursday.

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