MINNEAPOLIS (AP) - Brett Favre is getting help from the Minnesota Vikings‘ medical staff, the athletic trainers and perhaps even the weather gods as he tries to keep his incredible consecutive starts record going.
The delay has given Favre more time to heal his sprained right shoulder, with his NFL-record streak of 297 straight regular season starts hanging in the balance.
“Joke goin round is Gods Tryin to preserve Bretts streak record,” Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian wrote on Twitter. “Lol!!”
Favre barely practiced all week. He’s listed as questionable for the game after getting hit hard and slammed to the turf on his first pass of last week’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
Favre sent a text message to USA Today on Sunday saying he doubts he will be able to play on Monday night “but it does buy a little time.”
Interim coach Leslie Frazier said the 41-year-old quarterback will still go through a pregame workout to determine if he’s able to play.
“Rest is as important as anything to him,” Frazier said, “and the fact that he’s actually going through the throwing motion, we’ll still get a chance to test some things out (Monday).”
The game originally was scheduled for Sunday afternoon and already had been pushed back because of the storm that dumped 17 inches of snow on Minneapolis.
But Metrodome officials told the league the roof wouldn’t be ready in time to play Monday or Tuesday. The league also had discussions with New Orleans, St. Louis and Indianapolis and briefly considered the University of Minnesota’s outdoor stadium before deciding to hold the game at Ford Field at 7:20 p.m.
The NFL said Detroit was the best logistical fit given that Fox camera crews were already in town for the Lions’ game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
The Vikings are refunding the cost of the tickets for the game for any fans who can’t make it to Detroit. Those that do will be given priority seating along the 50-yard line and the Lions will distribute free general admission tickets starting at 9 a.m.