Brett Favre is getting help from the Minnesota Vikings medical staff, the athletic trainers and perhaps even the weather gods as he tries to keep his incredible consecutive starts record going.
The Vikings’ home game against the New York Giants was moved to 6:20 tonight in Detroit after the Metrodome’s inflated roof collapsed in a snowstorm early Sunday morning.
The delay has given Favre more time to heal his sprained right shoulder, with his NFL-record streak of 297 straight regular-season starts hanging in the balance.
“Joke goin round is Gods Tryin to preserve Bretts streak record,” Vikings receiver Bernard Berrian wrote on Twitter. “Lol!!”
Favre barely practiced all week. He’s listed as questionable for the game after getting hit hard and slammed to the turf on his first pass of last week’s game against the Buffalo Bills.
Favre sent a text message to USA Today on Sunday saying he doubts he will be able to play tonight “but it does buy a little time.”
Interim coach Leslie Frazier said the 41-year-old quarterback will still go through a pregame workout to determine if he’s able to play.
“From everything I’ve seen, there is still a possibility he could play, especially with an extra day,” Frazier said in a conference call Sunday before the Vikings departed for Detroit.
The Vikings held a short walkthrough Sunday afternoon, but Favre did not do any throwing.
“Rest is as important as anything to him,” Frazier said, “and the fact that he’s actually going through the throwing motion, we’ll still get a chance to test some things out (Monday).”
The game originally was scheduled for Sunday afternoon and already had been pushed back because of the storm that dumped 17 inches of snow on Minneapolis.
But Metrodome officials told the league the roof wouldn’t be ready in time to play today or Tuesday. The league also had discussions with New Orleans, St. Louis and Indianapolis and briefly considered the University of Minnesota’s outdoor stadium before deciding to hold the game at Ford Field.