The Minnesota Vikings hope quarterback Brett Favre will be able to play this week after his 297-game streak of consecutive starts ended Monday night against the New York Giants, Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said today.
There's a chance neither Favre (sprained sternoclavicular joint) nor backup Tarvaris Jackson (turf toe) will be able to play Monday night against the Chicago Bears. Jackson was hurt against the Giants, and his availability is "in jeopardy," Frazier said.
If both can't go, the Vikings would need to turn to rookie Joe Webb, who suffered a hamstring injury two weeks ago.
Webb was 2-for-5 passing for 8 yards against the Giants.
Frazier said the Vikings are looking outside the organization for quarterback help.
"We have a list of about eight different names we're going through," Frazier said, adding that the Vikings are looking for the best fit.
" The guy very well may end up playing Monday night."
Wide receiver Greg Camarillo was the Vikings' "last resort," if they ran out of quarterbacks against the Giants, Frazier said.
Favre had an ultrasound earlier today that came back negative. Frazier said the Vikings are not looking at putting Favre on injured reserve, which would end his season — and likely his career, considering that he has said he is retiring after this season.
"It looks like there's a chance we can get him back at some point," Frazier said, and he's hoping it will be this week.
Frazier also said the Vikings expect to have wide receiver Percy Harvin back at practice Thursday. Harvin has missed the last two games because of migraines.
Offensive guard Steve Hutchinson, who also has missed the last two games with a broken thumb, is day-to-day. Rookie cornerback Chris Cook was put on injured reserve with a knee injury.