Favre’s latest start ends with concussion, loss

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Speaking before the game, Commissioner Roger Goodell said, “We don’t allow people to play games with the injury list. They have to be legitimate medical injuries.”

Favre was originally hurt when he was blindsided by Bills linebacker Arthur Moats and drilled into the turf on his first pass of the game on Dec. 5. He did not throw a pass in practice all week and rookie Joe Webb was set to start.

But Favre can never be counted out, especially on Monday nights. He’s had some of his greatest performances on the NFL’s biggest regular-season stage, none more notable than when he threw for 399 yards and four TDs in a Monday night win at Oakland _ the day after his father died of a heart attack.

“Just watching the way he came out and performed, the way he took command of our team in our huddle, just convinced me during our warmups that it was the right thing to do,” interim coach Leslie Frazier said. “Because our players really fed off the energy that he brings, the leadership that he brings.”

After that opening drive, a brief glimmer of hope.

“I think everybody in America who was watching was thinking, ‘Here we go again,’” Vikings kicker Ryan Longwell said. “You expect the best from him because he’s given us no reason not to expect that in situations like this.”

The Vikings and Bears played at the University of Minnesota’s outdoor stadium because the Metrodome’s roof collapsed last weekend after a heavy snowstorm.

Favre’s 20th NFL season has been one of his toughest. In addition to the streak ending, Favre has 19 interceptions, third most in the league, and his 69.6 quarterback rating was good for 30th before the game started.

“I wouldn’t trade it, this season, last season, the 20 years, for anything,” Favre said.

Favre is also the subject of an NFL investigation into allegations that he sent inappropriate text messages and photos to a game-day hostess when both worked for the New York Jets in 2008. Goodell said he is still evaluating the findings and hoped to make a decision before the end of the regular season.

Favre said the two met briefly before the game, but declined to discuss specifics.

“I’m still following up on some of the information, making sure that we’ve been thorough,” Goodell said. “We want to be as thorough and serious about it and reach the right conclusion.”

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