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Posted at 1:15 PM ET, 12/ 5/2010

Brett Favre hurts shoulder; Tarvaris Jackson leads Vikings to win

By Cindy Boren

Updated at 5:39 p.m.

Brett Favre sprained his shoulder and left the Vikings in the hands of Tarvaris Jackson, who led them to a 38-14 victory over Buffalo, completing 15-of-22 passes for 187 yards with two touchdown passes and three interceptions.

But don't even think that Favre won't be the starter next week -- his 298th consecutive start -- if he is healthy. Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier put the kibosh on quarterback controversy talk that after the game today.

"Brett Favre is our quarterback," Frazier said.

Favre said he expects to have what is his seemingly weekly MRI on Monday and wasn't predicting whether he could play next week against the New York Giants. After he was hurt, Favre said he asked himself, "'Can I be effective?' And the answer was no in my mind. That's saying a lot for me. That's what I'll ask this week: Can you be effective if you play? If the answer is yes, I would love to play and see this through."

This injury is unchartered territory, Favre said.

"If we were talking ankles or elbows, thumbs or something like that, I would probably be a little more up to date on how to deal with it," Favre said. "First time in 20 years I have ever done anything like that, so it is kind of surprising."

Updated at 2:15 p.m.

Tarvaris Jackson, who replaced Brett Favre early in in the game against the Bills, has led the Vikings to a 31-7 halftime lead. Jackson has completed 11 of 17 passes for 170 yards and two touchdowns; he's thrown one interception and rushed twice for 22 yards. (And Adrian Peterson has 12 carries for 48 yards and two TDs.)

Which brings up a question that will be beaten to a pulp this week: If Jackson continues to play well and the Vikings win, should he be the starter next week even if Favre is healthy can play?

Updated at 1:49 p.m.

Brett Favre is back on the sidelines and talking to Vikings Coach Leslie Frazier, apparently telling him he can throw the ball, according to Judd Zulgad of the Star-Tribune.

Tarvaris Jackson, however, remains at quarterback for the Vikings.

Updated at 1:43 p.m.

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre made his NFL-record 297th consecutive start but was knocked out of the game with a shoulder injury on the Vikings' first drive. Adding insult to injury, he gave up his league-leading 18th interception on the play.

Favre was hit by Buffalo Bills linebacker Arthur Moats as he scrambled right on a third-and-five play. His pass was intercepted by cornerback Drayton Florence.

Tarvaris Jackson replaced Favre, listed as questionable to return, on the Vikings' next series. Favre headed for the locker room with about 6:45 left in the quarter but returned to the bench with his helmet on.

By Cindy Boren  | December 5, 2010; 1:15 PM ET
Categories:  Brett Favre, NFL  
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This will test the coach to see if he really is an interim or a full-time coach. If he calls for Favre next week while believing that Jackson should start, he is yellow-bellied and not worthy of a head coaching position. He doesn't have the guts to sit Favre down on possible start 298. Favre would go nuts.

Posted by: leewifflestin | December 5, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

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