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Updated: January 2nd, 2011 10:41am
Career over? Vikings deactivate Brett Favre for finale at Detroit

Career over? Vikings deactivate Brett Favre for finale at Detroit

by Tom Pelissero
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DETROIT -- Brett Favre's season and, perhaps, his 20-year NFL career are over.

The Minnesota Vikings deactivated their 41-year-old quarterback for Sunday's season finale against the Detroit Lions because of lingering effects from the concussion Favre suffered last month.

Favre reportedly passed a neurological examination late last week -- the same test he'd failed several times previously -- but also would have had to pass a conditioning test without symptoms and be cleared by an independent neurologist, per NFL concussion protocol.

Favre missed Tuesday's loss to Philadelphia because of the concussion, in addition to sitting out the Vikings' Dec. 13 loss here to the New York Giants because of issues with his throwing arm before making a surprise start the following week against the Bears. That means football's legendary ironman missed more than 3½ of the last four games in what he has said repeatedly is his final season.

If Favre does retire, the final play of a legendary career that saw him eclipse every major passing record was the hit by Bears end Corey Wootton that knocked Favre unconscious in the second quarter on Dec. 20 at TCF Bank Stadium.

Rookie Joe Webb got his second NFL start in Favre's place.

Also inactive for the Vikings were: receiver Sidney Rice (concussion), cornerback Asher Allen (abdomen), linebacker Erin Henderson (concussion), tackle Thomas Welch, defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy and receiver Juaquin Iglesias, who was signed off Chicago's practice squad on Saturday. Rhett Bomar was designated the No. 3 quarterback.

Receiver Bernard Berrian, added to the injury report on Saturday, appeared uncomfortable as he tested his quadriceps injury about two hours before kickoff. But he apparently did enough to convince coaches and trainers he was in good enough shape to start.

Greg Camarillo was expected to start in Rice's place. Frank Walker got the start in place of Allen, with Lito Sheppard expected to play in the nickel defense.

Lions receiver Calvin Johnson was active for the Lions despite missing the entire practice week with an ankle injury. Inactive were: No. 3 quarterback Zac Robinson, running back Aaron Brown, cornerback Chris Houston, cornerback Randy Phillips, end Barry Turner, tackle Tony Ugoh, guard Donald Thomas and linebacker Julian Peterson.

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for He hosts from 6 to 8 p.m. weeknights and co-hosts from 10 a.m. to noon Sundays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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