Despite his concussion, Vikings don't rule out Favre
Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said quarterback Brett Favre suffered a concussion during Monday night's loss to Chicago. Still, Frazier did not rule out Favre playing against the Eagles on Sunday night.
"When you look at the history, it is rare it seems for guys able to come back on a short week," Frazier said. "You wouldn't think that would be possible, but there are other things you didn't think would be possible with Brett."
Frazier said the fact that Favre was able to play at all was "was miraculous in a lot of ways and he played extremely well." Favre was presumed out and then in a rare move, his playing status was changed on the day of the game to questionable.
Frazier said the Vikings are not considering putting Favre on injured reserve.
"He likes competing. He likes to play," Frazier said. "He doesn't want to let his teammates down. He really wanted to play in front of the home fans last night for maybe the last time. That was important to him. I think more than anything he just likes to compete. The fact that we have two more ballgames left, he is a guy who loves his teammates and loves to play, I think that is what motivates him more than anything."
In relief, Joe Webb went 15-for-26 for 129 yards with two interceptions and a 13-yard touchdown run. Webb would be the starter, assuming Favre will not play. Patrick Ramsey would be the backup and the Vikings signed Rhett Bomar today to be the third quarterback.
Needless to say, the Vikings are 5-9, assured of their first losing season since 2006 and are coming off a 40-14 blowout loss.
"They have been such a resilient group in the past, and they have definitely had to be in the last few weeks," Frazier said. "When we get together tomorrow that will be part of our conversation, how important it is to remain resilient, especially going on the road against a team that is in first place in the NFC East and vying for a playoff spot, a seed at least.
"We have to be so tough minded to go up there and get a win, and that is what we have to address. I don't sense yet that they have begun to wane or are less motivated than they have been in the past. They really went into this ballgame with the right attitude and the right focus, we just couldn't sustain some of the things we started doing early and we'll have to be able to do that against Philadelphia for four quarters. You saw what they did against the Giants. No lead is insurmountable, it seems to that football team."
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