Brett Favre in­ac­tive, streak ends at 297

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

DETROIT: An un­ex­pected post­pone­ment gave Brett Favre one more chance.

A lit­tle ex­tra time for his right shoul­der to heal, an­other day for him to show he was healthy enough to start.

So many times in the past, he had de­fied ex­pec­ta­tions and played on. This time, he was hav­ing trou­ble feel­ing his hand, which was an ugly shade of pur­ple. And with that, the streak was over.

"I've al­ways as­sumed I'd play ev­ery game," Favre said.

Af­ter 297 con­sec­u­tive reg­u­lar-sea­son starts over 19 years, one of the great­est in­di­vid­ual streaks in all of sports, Favre ran into an in­jury he couldn't beat and sat down Mon­day night. The 41-year-old quar­ter­back, who fought through bro­ken bones, aches, pains and per­sonal grief to play week af­ter week, couldn't make it for the Vik­ings in their 21-3 loss to the New York Giants.

Favre was side­lined by a throw­ing shoul­der too dam­aged for even him to over­come and a hand too numb to take the field with. "I've played through a lot of stuff," Favre said. "This is some­thing dif­fer­ent that I've got to be more cau­tious of."

The Vik­ings hoped Favre, who has started de­spite a bro­ken foot and el­bow ten­dini­tis this sea­son, could do it again when the game against the Giants was de­layed from Sun­day af­ter the Metrodome roof col­lapsed. That forced the game to be moved to Ford Field, but it was not enough time for Favre to get healthy enough to play.

Min­nesota in­terim coach Leslie Frazier said the plan was for Favre to go through a pregame throw­ing rou­tine to try and de­ter­mine if he could play, but the three-time MVP wasn't on the field about 90 min­utes be­fore kick­off, and the Vik­ings an­nounced mo­ments later he was in­ac­tive.

Frazier said Favre wasn't even able to try throw­ing Mon­day. "He was hav­ing trou­ble with numb­ness down through his shoul­der and into his hand," Frazier said. "It was a no-brainer. We couldn't put him out there. He couldn't func­tion as a quar­ter­back." Favre fi­nally came out about 35 min­utes be­fore the game started, wear­ing a T-shirt and warmup pants. -Ap

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