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Another hit leaves a mark on Favre, who turns over ball 3 times

Another hit leaves a mark on Favre, who turns over ball 3 times

by Tom Pelissero
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MINNEAPOLIS -- For the second time in as many preseason games, the Minnesota Vikings' third play was a rough one for Brett Favre.

Six nights after 49ers linebacker Patrick Willis drilled him in San Francisco, Favre was roped to the ground by Seattle Seahawks end Chris Clemson, who also knocked free the ball after burning left tackle Bryant McKinnie with an inside move.

Favre got up holding his throwing hand and later was worked on by trainers, who appeared to tape up the tip of the 40-year-old quarterback's right pointer finger.

"I actually got stepped on," Favre said. "It'll be OK. Probably lose a nail, but be OK."

He stayed in the game and finished 16-for-26 passing for 187 yards with two interceptions before he gave way to Tarvaris Jackson after two series in the third quarter.

"He looked fine," Vikings coach Brad Childress said. "I hate to see him get hit early in the game. I'd like to see him knock the ball in the back of the pocket and kind of zero in on his losses. On one of the passes, we turned our back on the protection and a guy got his hand in there. We need to shore some things up and clean it up back there."

The starting offense scored its first touchdown of the preseason with 11 minutes, 45 seconds left in the second quarter, but it was mostly the product of Darius Reynaud's 73-yard kickoff return. Two plays later, Adrian Peterson broke loose for a 24-yard touchdown run.

"We did some good things," Favre said. "I think we accomplished a lot of stuff, as far as seeing some guys play."

Turnovers marred the effort, though.

A bobbled slant off Bernard Berrian's hands led to an interception rookie safety Earl Thomas returned 86 yards for a touchdown in the second quarter, and cornerback Marcus Trufant picked the other on an overthrown ball for Greg Camarillo on a go route early in the third.

"Bernard, that's not going to happen," Favre said of the first interception. "I haven't really talked to him about it. He was disappointed he didn't catch it."

Another drive stalled on a failed fourth-down run from the Seahawks' 2-yard line, and a 14-play, 66-yard drive in the second quarter netted a 28-yard Ryan Longwell field goal.

The Vikings went into halftime with 223 yards to the Seahawks' 98.

"I would like to see (the offense) explode a little bit more, so you don't have to work as hard," Childress said.

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