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Jackson was a second-round draft pick in 2006 and former coach Brad Childress tried to groom him as the quarterback of the future. But inconsistent play led the Vikings to bring in Favre last year and coax him back in August for one more season.

“I mean this whole situation has been a difficult situation,” said Jackson, in the final year of his contract. “I’m not going to even sit here and act like it hasn’t. It’s been a difficult situation, but I just try to make the best out of it.

“It’s a privilege to be in this league and I’m not promised anything. So I just try to come out here and be the best player I can be and the best teammate I can be.”

Favre has played through countless injuries over the last 18 years, never moreso than this season when he has struggled with two broken bones in his left foot, 10 stitches in his chin from a hit against the Patriots, tendinitis in his throwing elbow and calf, back and neck soreness.

Brett Favre, as you guys know, is a special, special player and he’s done it time and time again, sometimes without all the parts,” Frazier said. “And in a lot of ways this wouldn’t be a lot different. He’s succeeded against all odds so many times, so I don’t count him out …”