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Updated: October 9th, 2010 3:29pm
Notebook: MRI on Favre's sore elbow shows 'a little inflammation'

Notebook: MRI on Favre's sore elbow shows 'a little inflammation'

by Tom Pelissero
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The Minnesota Vikings listed Brett Favre as probable for Monday's game against the New York Jets, and the veteran quarterback's legendary ironman streak isn't in jeopardy this week.

But Favre was limited in practice for a second consecutive day on Saturday, and tenderness in the veteran quarterback's throwing elbow has caused enough concern that he recently underwent an MRI.

"It was not an issue before we went on the bye," Vikings coach Brad Childress said of Favre's elbow, which first appeared on the injury report before the Sept. 26 game against Detroit.

"We worked pretty good on Monday and Tuesday out here. It flares up every now and again. MRI just says he has a little inflammation. You manage it."

Favre, who turns 41 on Sunday, addressed reporters on Thursday with a large bag of ice on the elbow but said he wasn't particularly concerned. He began wearing a compression sleeve during Friday's practice and might wear it during the game, too.

"I'm not even sure about that," Childress said.

Childress also said he has spoken to the team and Favre about the NFL investigation into the quarterback's conduct while he played for the Jets in 2008. Two reports this week on the Web site said Favre sent racy messages and photos from his cell phone to a former Jets employee and also sent suggestive text messages to two team-affiliated massage therapists.

"It's not a distraction to us at all," Childress said. "We just don't let it be. We address it. We talk about it and then we're done with it. I haven't heard anything. I don't know anything about that."

Surgery for Cook

For the second time in six weeks, rookie cornerback Chris Cook has undergone knee surgery, sidelining him for at least one game and probably at least two.

The Vikings' top draft pick missed the preseason and two regular-season games after having surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee on Aug. 29. This time, a similar procedure was done on Cook's left knee, which he injured against the Lions.

"This one, I think he'll come back much quicker from it," Childress. "It wasn't as bad a (injury). I just see a little different hop and step already this week at the end of the week."

Sullivan questionable

John Sullivan (calf) was limited in practice for a third consecutive day and listed as questionable on the injury report, raising the chances that Ryan Cook will get his first start at center on Monday.

"He's pushing through some stuff here," Childress said of Sullivan, who missed the entire preseason with a right calf injury and then hurt his left calf on the first play against Detroit.

"I think we're going to bring him with us and see if he gets two days better. He's taking limited turns here. We need to roll all of those guys, just because we don't know what's going to occur. He's improving.

Randy ratio

Childress declined to speculate how many snaps receiver Randy Moss would play on Monday -- five days after arriving in a trade from New England -- but said it'll be "a good portion."

Moss has caught onto the Vikings' offense "pretty good," and his knowledge of the Jets defense has helped him, too.

"That's a big bonus," Childress said.

Quick hits

• Vikings TE Visanthe Shiancoe (hamstring), who was limited in practice all week, and LT Bryant McKinnie are probable.

• The Jets listed only one player, LB Jamaal Westerman (ankle), as questionable. The other eight players on the injury report -- including CB Darrelle Revis (hamstring) -- are probable.

• Perhaps with an eye on getting an inside scouting report, the Jets signed WR Logan Payne -- cut earlier in the week by the Vikings -- to their practice squad.

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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