Favre is starting, streak continues

Brett Favre will be making his 292nd consecutive regular-season start, an ongoing NFL record, despite fractures in his ankle and heel.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick had it right, not believing that Tarvaris Jackson would start in place of the injured Brett Favre.

Despite a stress fracture in his left ankle and an avulsion fracture in his heel suffered during last Sunday's game with the Green Bay Packers, Favre will be starting against the New England Patriots, the Vikings announced 90 minutes prior to their 3:15 p.m. game.

Tarvaris Jackson will be in his familiar backup position, but Jackson said he was preparing all week as if he would be the starter and knows he will be as close as ever this season to replacing Favre if he can't finish the game.

For Favre, this is his 292nd consecutive start in the regular season, an ongoing NFL record.

Joe Webb is inactive as the team's third (emergency) quarterback. Also inactive for the Vikings are WR Hank Baskett, S Tyrell Johnson, CB Lito Sheppard, RB Albery Young, LB Erin Henderson, G Chris DeGeare and DT Jimmy Kennedy.

Johnson started at strong safety last Sunday for Husain Abdullah, who suffered a concussion the previous week. That means that Jamarca Sanford, who missed Friday's practice for personal reasons believed to be a family funeral, will be the primary backup for Abdullah and Madieu Williams.

For the Patriots, WR Taylor Price, WR Matthew Slater, RB Fred Taylor, S Patrick Chung, S Jarrad Page, G Rich Ohrnberger, T Mark LeVoir and DL Kyle Love are inactive.

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