You choose, we deliver
If you are interested in this story, you might be interested in others from The Journal Gazette. Go to www.journalgazette.net/newsletter and pick the subjects you care most about. We'll deliver your customized daily news report at 3 a.m. Fort Wayne time, right to your email.

Professional

  • Cabrera HR powers Tigers
    Justin Verlander could sense Miguel Cabrera was on the verge of breaking out of his slump – even before the Detroit slugger’s home run.
  • Armstrong coach Bruyneel banned for 10 years
    Lance Armstrong's longtime coach, Johan Bruyneel, was banned for 10 years on Tuesday for helping to organize massive doping on teams led by the disgraced cyclist.
  • At last, a star-spangled win
    Before Meb Keflezighi embarked on the 26.2-mile journey Monday to become the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983, he wrote four names on his yellow race bib. Martin, for Martin Richard.
Advertisement
Associated Press
Minnesota’s Brett Favre lies on the ground after getting injured as offensive tackle Phil Loadholt looks on during Sunday’s game against Buffalo.

Favre injured as Vikings roll

– Brett Favre’s consecutive games played streak could be in trouble again, with his unparalleled 20-year career probably down to the final four weeks.

The NFL’s all-time iron man sprained his throwing shoulder severely enough Sunday that he didn’t even try to talk his way back into the game. Still, at age 41 with Minnesota essentially out of playoff contention, Favre wasn’t ready to declare himself done for good.

The Vikings, with new life under interim coach Leslie Frazier, haven’t conceded yet either.

Tarvaris Jackson threw two touchdown passes to Sidney Rice in relief after Favre was hurt on the first series, Adrian Peterson rushed for three touchdowns on a sprained ankle and the Vikings rolled over the Buffalo Bills 38-14.

“Can you be effective if you play?” was the question Favre said he’ll ask himself next week. “If the answer is yes, if I think I can, I would love to play and see this through.”

The Vikings (5-7) outgained the Bills (2-10) 387-239 and gave Frazier a win in his first home game since replacing the fired Brad Childress.

Jackson threw three interceptions but after Drayton Florence returned the first one for a touchdown, he led the Vikings to TDs on their next four possessions for a 28-7 lead to put the game away before halftime. Jackson finished 15 for 22 for 187 yards, plus two runs for 22 yards.

So what’s the story for next week against the playoff-chasing New York Giants?

“No quarterback controversy,” Frazier said.

If Favre is healthy, he’ll make his NFL-record 298th straight start.

“Hopefully that’ll be the case, but we’ll wait and see what happens,” Frazier said.

Peterson, who was listed as questionable this week and looked out of sorts during pregame warmups, pounded the league’s most porous run defense for 107 yards on 16 carries including a 43-yard scamper for a score.

“I was brainwashing myself the whole week, putting it in my mind that, ‘I’m going to play …’ ” Peterson said.

Favre might have to use a similar technique to get himself ready.

“I’m not overly concerned right now. I’m just going to see what the MRI says,” he said.

Advertisement