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Updated: December 6th, 2010 2:16pm
Notebook: Brett Favre 'day-to-day,' but Frazier expects him to play

Notebook: Brett Favre 'day-to-day,' but Frazier expects him to play

by Tom Pelissero
1500ESPN.com
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- Brett Favre is considered day-to-day with the sprained right sternoclavicular joint that knocked him out early in Sunday's blowout of Buffalo.

But Minnesota Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier still expects his 41-year-old quarterback to keep his consecutive-starts streak alive on Sunday against the New York Giants.

"No question," Frazier said on Monday. "Someone asked me that same question yesterday, and I really thought he'd come back in the game, just knowing Brett. As hard as I saw him get hit (Sunday), I've seen him take harder hits and bounce back and come back and play.

"There's nobody tougher than Brett Favre to ever play the quarterback position, so I was a little surprised he was able to make it back, and I'd be surprised if he's not able to play this weekend. He is extremely, extremely tough, as we all know."

Favre was injured on the third play of Sunday's game when Buffalo linebacker Arthur Moats drilled him from behind and drove him into the turf throwing-shoulder first.

Backup Tarvaris Jackson took over and at one point guided five consecutive scoring drives on the way to a 38-14 win, by far the Vikings' highest scoring output in this disappointing season. However, Frazier made clear after the game there would be no quarterback controversy as long as Favre -- who declined comment in the locker room on Monday -- is healthy enough to play.

The sternoclavicular (SC) joint connects the breastbone and collarbone. Favre's sprain is "more the neck area, along with in the sternum" on the side of his throwing shoulder, Frazier said on Monday, adding that Favre will be under "constant evaluation" this week.

"From what I've been told, rest is probably key," Frazier said. "That's going to be number one, and they'll do some exercises with him to help him as well. But it's not something that can surgically be attended to. It's just a matter of rest and then the rehab that they're going to put him through."

Favre will test the injury in some capacity on Wednesday and "that'll determine what happens on Thursday when we go through the week, just seeing how his throwing motion is and what he can and can't tolerate," Frazier said.

Harvin 'doing better'

The migraine that sidelined receiver Percy Harvin for most of last week finally has cleared.

"He's doing better," Frazier said. "I did talk to him last night. He was actually over here (Monday). He's in good spirits. As you know, those migraines can come and go at any time. He's in good spirits, so we'll get a chance to talk (Monday) and (Wednesday), and we'll just see where things are when we get to Wednesday."

Harvin has battled migraine headaches since childhood, including several episodes this season, but he'd missed only one game before Sunday.

Asked if the headache is gone, Frazier said, "The latest one. He was fine (Monday) morning. He met with our doctor. Everything was fine, but it's day-to-day in that regard."

Health watch

On other injury matters, Frazier said:

• Halfback Adrian Peterson, who nearly was deactivated for Sunday's game because of his sprained right ankle, "ends up coming out of the game in pretty good shape. We all had our fingers crossed, hoping that things would go well for him, and they did. We were able to rest him in the fourth quarter, which was great."

• Backup halfback Toby Gerhart "ended up straining his hamstring a little bit. Got a little tweak, but I think he should be fine."

• The status of left guard Steve Hutchinson, who sat out Sunday's game with a broken right thumb, remains uncertain. "We'll try to get him out there and get him back going," Frazier said. "Hopefully, that'll be the case."

• Quarterback Joe Webb "got a little banged up" with a right hamstring injury on Sunday, but the team remains hopeful about continuing to incorporate him on a multifaceted role. "If he's able to go, yeah, we've got some things we want to do with him," Frazier said.

• Backup safety Tyrell Johnson suffered a knee injury while covering a kickoff -- he forced a fumble on the play -- but it's "nothing severe, just got banged up a little bit. Maybe an MCL. We're going to go in and have that checked out, but he should be fine."

Quick hits

• Running backs coach Eric Bieniemy reached agreement on Saturday to become offensive coordinator at his alma mater, the University of Colorado. But Frazier said Bieniemy will not start in his new job in any capacity until the Vikings season ends on Jan. 2. "No recruiting calls, no road visits," Frazier said. "He's going to be here with the Vikings."

• Frazier confirmed he told Jackson after an early interception that the next play would be a pass. "I just felt like for him and where he is as a player, I wanted to make sure that he didn't lose his confidence," Frazier said. "We couldn't afford for that to be the case yesterday. And one of the ways to show him that I had confidence in him was doing that, rather than going back in and handing the ball off on the first play. I wanted him to know that, 'I have not lost any confidence in you. You are going to get this done.' He thanked me later on during the course of the game, but I meant it. I really meant it. I know what he's capable of doing. And I wanted him to know that I knew that."

Tom Pelissero is Senior Editor and columnist for 1500ESPN.com. 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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