Favre sprains shoulder, MRI pending

Brett Favre sprained his sternoclavicular joint in his throwing shoulder, putting his status in doubt for next Sunday. Favre has started an NFL-record 297 straight games.

Could this finally be the injury that ends Brett Favre's streak after 297 consecutive regular-season starts?

Favre said he suffered a sprained sternoclavicular joint in his throwing shoulder when he was hit by linebacker Arthur Moats as the 41-year-old quarterback released his first pass of the game. Moats' blindside hit drove Favre into the turf of Mall of America Field and ended at the very least his day and could keep him out indefinitely.

"I don't know what happened after I got hit other than getting smashed into the turf," Favre said. "… I was just going to give (receiver Greg Camarillo) a little low throw and dart it for the first down. In the play it took a little bit longer to develop, but just one of those freak things."

Favre said the X-ray was negative, meaning he didn't break his collarbone, and a magnetic resonance imaging test will be performed Monday.

He said after the game that it was too early to consider his playing status for next week.

"If we were talking ankles or elbow, thumbs or something like that, I would probably be a little more up to date on how to deal with it," he said. "First time in 20 years I have ever done anything like that, so it is kind of surprising. Again, I couldn't come back in, which is somewhat unusual. I'll take it day to day. I'm not overly concerned right now. I'm just going to see what the MRI says."

This year alone, Favre has played through an injured ankle that received surgery in late May and had a series of lubricating injections early in the season. He received a pain-killing injection in his elbow to relieve tendinitis, and has been listed on the injury report with ailments to his calf, shoulder, foot, neck and chin as well.

"The game of football is tough. Very tough," Favre said. "For me, I have always been willing – the reward has always been great enough. I just enjoy playing and stuff like that. It's always tough to recover, as you would assume. I would love to finish this (season) out, this whole year. I have said that all along."

Frazier said he wasn't sure what degree of sprain Favre had.

Favre left the game after only three plays, saying he couldn't ever remember being knocked out of a game that early. He went to the sidelines for several minutes before walking to the locker room under his own power. He returned to the sideline at the end of the first quarter with his helmet on, but never returned to the game.

"I took a few throws on the sideline and I said, ‘It wasn't so much is it worth it or not worth it? It was: Can I be effective? And that answer was no, and that is saying a lot for me. That's what I will ask this week: ‘Can you be effective if you play?' If the answer is yes, if I think I can, I would love to play and see this through."

Backup Tarvaris Jackson responded by leading to the Vikings to 38 points, 11 more points than they have scored during any game this year, but interim head coach Leslie Frazier said there is no quarterback controversy.

"If (Favre's) healthy, he'll be our starting quarterback against the New York Giants," Frazier said. "Hopefully that will be the case, but we'll wait and see what happens."

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