Vikings-Giants game pushed to Monday; Brett Favre catches a break
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The Minnesota Vikings and New York Giants won't play on Sunday after all.
They'll play on Monday night.
The NFL pushed back the game late Saturday, hours after a daylong snowstorm closed Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and rerouted the Giants' team plane to Kansas City.
The Vikings confirmed in a media release that kickoff will be at 7 p.m. Monday, with television coverage on Fox affiliates in the New York, Minneapolis and Rochester, Minn., only.
Mounting concerns about snow on the roof of the Metrodome contributed to the decision, which several Vikings players revealed on their Twitter accounts around 9 p.m. Saturday.
A statement released by the Vikings said the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, which operates the Metrodome, made the decision "due to unsafe conditions related to the Metrodome roof and the weather." The NFL acknowledged the change was made "on the recommendation of Metrodome officials."
Punter Chris Kluwe wrote that players were told to stay at the team hotel in downtown Minneapolis "because the roads are too jacked up, and apparently we're still playing in the Dome Monday (assuming it doesn't explode)."
One significant impact of the change: Vikings quarterback Brett Favre now has 31 extra hours to rest his ailing throwing shoulder and try to make his 298th consecutive regular-season start.
Favre told ESPN's Ed Werder on Saturday he did not throw during the team's morning walkthrough practice and is "probably as confused as I've ever been about whether I should play" with a sprained sternoclavicular joint near his right shoulder.
The 41-year-old sat out practice on Wednesday and Thursday and was extremely limited on Friday. Now, instead of testing his throwing shoulder on the field around 10 a.m. Sunday, he'll do it sometime on Monday afternoon.
Percy Harvin, who was listed as doubtful on Friday's injury report because of migraines, also has an extra day-plus to recover, although interim coach Leslie Frazier said is would be "very, very difficult" to get his leading receiver up to speed after all the time he's missed.