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Updated: December 12th, 2010 3:39pm
Frazier says extra rest helping Favre, who still could play on Monday

Frazier says extra rest helping Favre, who still could play on Monday

by Tom Pelissero
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If Brett Favre isn't planning to play on Monday night, he hasn't told Leslie Frazier.

Speaking in a brief conference call on Sunday afternoon as the Minnesota Vikings prepared to board buses to the airport, Frazier said he hadn't heard anything from his 41-year-old quarterback to indicate a status change.

"I don't know where that would come from," the Vikings' interim coach said, "because from everything I've seen, there is still a possibility he could play, especially with an extra day. No, I'm not aware of that."

Favre, who has started a record 297 consecutive regular-season games, suffered a sprained sternoclavicular joint near his throwing shoulder early in last week's win over Buffalo. He was highly limited in practice this past week and experienced pain on his follow-through during a light throwing session on Friday, though Frazier expressed optimism Favre could complete his throwing motion at all.

Several reports on Sunday indicated Favre was doubting his ability to play the New York Giants in the twice-rescheduled game that will kick off at 6:20 p.m. Monday at Ford Field in Detroit -- including a strong story from NFL Network's Jason LaCanfora, who cited sources as saying Favre told teammates and "associates" he doesn't believe he can play through the injury.

Frazier said there was no throwing in the Vikings' walkthrough practice on Sunday and the plan still is for Favre to test his shoulder hours before kickoff on Monday.

"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)."

Wild weekend

After spending the night in the team hotel because of safety concerns, players and coaches departed on Sunday morning and held a "productive" walkthrough at the team's Winter Park practice facility, Frazier said.

"We continued the good, high energy that we've had throughout this week in practice," Frazier said. "I feel as though our guys are still focused, although it has been very unique. Our intent is to go up to Detroit and accomplish what we had hoped to accomplished at home. "

The Vikings were scheduled to leave for the airport around 4 p.m.

Quick hits

• Coaches have spoken with WR Percy Harvin -- listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report because of the migraine headaches that sidelined him for the entire week of practice -- about making the trip to Detroit. However, no decision had been made, Frazier said. "It does give us something to kind of play with," Frazier said. "We've had a discussion with him about that, but not certain that he will or he won't."

• Frazier said he hadn't seen video or photos of the Metrodome roof collapsing, forcing the game to be moved to Detroit.

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