Notebook: Brett Favre hasn't passed initial test, remains doubtful
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PHILADELPHIA -- It appears two extra days won't be enough for Brett Favre to get back on the field.
The Minnesota Vikings' quarterback still hadn't passed his initial post-concussion test when interim coach Leslie Frazier addressed reporters early Monday afternoon, leaving Favre doubtful for Tuesday's slow-delayed game against the Philadelphia Eagles.
"He's still having trouble with the initial test," Frazier said, "which leads you to believe it's going to be very, very difficult (Monday) to do anything other than where he is right now."
Favre -- who was knocked out of last Monday's game against Chicago on a second-quarter hit by rookie end Corey Wootton -- would have to pass a conditioning test in addition to the neurological test before being allowed to return.
So, barring a dramatic turn in Favre's health by Monday night, rookie Joe Webb remained in line for his first NFL start against the Eagles.
"That concussion is such a tenuous deal that we'll see what happens (Monday)," Frazier said. "But there is a battery of tests that he still has to pass that he hasn't passed, so it's hard to change his status right now."
Adrian Peterson's bruised knee and thigh continues to improve, according to Frazier, and the expectation continues to be that he'll start on Tuesday.
Though Peterson missed the Chicago game, didn't practice on Wednesday and was limited on Thursday and Friday, he and Frazier expressed guarded optimism throughout the week he'd be available against the Eagles.
"I don't think he'll change very much, but he should be better," Frazier said of Peterson, who officially is listed as questionable.
"This rest should help him -- that's what we're hoping."
Free safety Madieu Williams did pass his initial post-concussion test, Frazier said, and the Vikings could upgrade him from questionable if he continues to progress.
Back on the field
The Vikings held an 11 a.m. walkthrough at the Eagles' practice facility -- their first on-field work since their regularly scheduled Saturday walkthrough in Eden Prairie, Minn., before a snowstorm delayed the game.
"Now it's just a matter of how well our guys adjust and get focused on what we've got to do Tuesday night against a very, very good football team," Frazier said. "I thought the walkthrough accomplished what we wanted to get accomplished, and that was to get them out of the hotel and get them back engaged with football from a mental (standpoint), as well as moving around."
Estimated snowfall on Sunday was just less than a foot at the Philadelphia airport. However, by Monday morning, snow had stopped completely, highways were clear and though it remained windy, there was no apparent reason the game couldn't be played on Monday night.
"I've come to realize control what you can control," Frazier said. "I have no opinion about any of that. There's nothing that we can do as players and coaches. We'll play when they tell us to play."
• Frazier continued to express confidence in Webb, who struggled to 15-of-26 passing for 129 yards with two interceptions and a 38.8 passer rating in relief of Favre against the Bears. "He has had a full week of practice, now actually two weeks, and you would think his confidence level would be higher and the game will be a little bit slower for him," Frazier said. "So, I think he'll play better than he did against Chicago, although they've got a good defense here in Philadelphia, but I think he'll play better because of the experience."