Brett Favre failed a baseline neurological exam again late Wednesday afternoon, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

The baseline test is required this season for all NFL players who sustained a concussion. Favre sat out the Vikings' win over the Eagles on Tuesday night after suffering a concussion in a Week 15 loss to the Chicago Bears.

Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said in his news conference yesterday that Favre hadn't taken concussion tests in "3 or 4" days, but might give them another go today. The Star-Tribune reported that Favre took the test after Frazier's time with the media.

Frazier said Favre will start Sunday against Detroit if he can participate.

"We'd love to see him play," Frazier said. "It's really not a hard decision for me. Brett is a terrific player. We feel very comfortable when he's on the field that we have a great chance to win, so you always want to put the guy out there who is going to give you the best chance to win."

Rookie quarterback Joe Webb made his first career in Favre's stead against Philadelphia and played well. The sixth-round draft pick from Alabama-Birmingham completed 17 of 26 passes for 195 yards and also ran for 31 yards and a TD, without any turnovers.

Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions is the final game of Favre's historic 20-year career. Favre has said he will retire at the end of the season, but the 41-year-old has changed his mind before.

Favre must pass a series of neurological exams in order to be cleared to play. With a short week to prepare, Favre's time to prepare is limited.

As for the Metrodome, the Vikings' home field, the snow-damaged roof won't be fixed until at least March, affecting hundreds of college baseball games and forcing the Minnesota Twins to find a new venue for their annual winter festival, a facility official said.


* Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was chosen as the recipient of the Chief award, which is presented annually to a Steelers player for media cooperation. The award is named in honor of the late Art Rooney Sr., who founded the Steelers in 1933.

Roethlisberger has worked to improve his relationship with writers and broadcasters since being suspended four games for his off-field behavior. He did not talk with reporters until 6 weeks after the NFL announced his suspension April 21.

* Patrick Willis, San Francisco's Pro Bowl linebacker, underwent a second surgical procedure this week on his broken right hand. He will miss a start for the first time in his 4-year career in Sunday's season finale against Arizona.

* The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have placed rookie receiver Arrelious Benn on injured reserve.

* Detroit Lions center Dominic Raiola says the team has fined him $15,000 for his actions after beating the Miami Dolphins. Raiola was filmed responding to a fan in Miami with obscene words and a hand gesture as he walked off the field following the Lions' 34-27 win on Sunday.

* The unfamiliar sight of the NFL's first Tuesday game since 1946 still drew plenty of television viewers. The Vikings' 24-14 upset of the Eagles, postponed from Sunday night because of a blizzard, drew a 15.2 overnight rating and 24 share on NBC. The network said yesterday that tied for the fifth-highest rating for a "Sunday Night Football" game this season.

* Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard will miss the season finale at Houston because of a finger injury. He will have surgery on the middle finger of his right hand today. Trent Edwards is likely to start in Garrard's place. Making it tougher on Jacksonville, the Jaguars likely will be without star running back Maurice Jones-Drew.

* Giants leading receiver Hakeem Nicks is likely to miss New York's regular-season finale against the Washington Redskins with a broken big toe on his left foot. Also, Pro Bowl center Shaun O'Hara aggravated the Achilles' tendon condition in his left leg in the 45-17 loss to Green Bay.