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Updated: December 30th, 2010 12:50pm
Vikings will give Brett Favre until Saturday; Sidney Rice is 'dicey'

Vikings will give Brett Favre until Saturday; Sidney Rice is 'dicey'

by Tom Pelissero
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings plan to give Brett Favre until Saturday to pass an initial post-concussion test and won't rule out their 41-year-old quarterback in advance for Sunday's season finale at Detroit.

Favre, who has said repeatedly this is his final season, hasn't practiced since suffering a concussion on Dec. 20 against the Chicago Bears. He has failed a standard neurological test several times and also would have to pass a conditioning examination without symptoms to be cleared.

"We're probably going to make a determination (Thursday) whether or not he takes it again," Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier said on Thursday. "Probably can't -- if it's not done successfully by Saturday, then we'll have to make a determination. That will probably be the cut-off for sure."

Favre skipped his regularly scheduled media conference for a second consecutive week and wasn't seen in the locker room. In addition to his uncertain playing status, he surely wanted to avoid questions about Wednesday's announcement that the NFL has fined him $50,000 for failing to cooperate with its investigation of sexually charged allegations against him.

The Vikings resumed practice on Thursday assuming Joe Webb, who had a breakout performance in Tuesday's upset win at Philadelphia, "will be our starting quarterback unless something changes with Brett," Frazier said.

Per concussion protocol established by the league, players cannot practice in any capacity until they're cleared medically. It was unclear when Favre, who reportedly failed the test again on Wednesday afternoon, would be allowed to try to pass again.

"Our medical staff has to feel comfortable that the time in between is the right time," Frazier said. "There's a reason that you don't do it twice in the same day. So, they'll explain to me why we'll need to take it either (Thursday) or (Friday) and we'll go from there."

More injuries

Three other players coming off concussions -- safety Madieu Williams, receiver Sidney Rice and linebacker Erin Henderson -- also were sitting out when practice resumed on Thursday afternoon.

Rice would be the most significant loss if he can't play on Sunday. And his status appears doubtful at best on the short week, although Frazier said he could take the initial test as soon as Thursday.

"The guys with the concussions," Frazier said, "it's a little dicey with the timeframe that we have before we play our next game."

Fullback Naufahu Tahi (ankle) and cornerback Asher Allen (abdomen) also sat out practice. Allen said his injury is just a bruise and he expects to play on Sunday.

"Just a little knee to the abdomen," said Allen, who stayed in one play after getting injured in a collision with Eagles tight end Brent Celek. "He was a big guy, man. I came in there -- y'all didn't watch that, but I came in there, I hit him, man. It was good."

Halback Adrian Peterson (knee) was upgraded from limited to full participation. Safety Tyrell Johnson (knee) remained limited.

In Detroit

Three Lions sat out practice or a second consecutive day: cornerback Chris Houston (shoulder), receiver Calvin Johnson (ankle) and linebacker Landon Johnson (concussion).

Halfback Jahvid Best (toe), end Lawrence Jackson (groin) and quarterback Drew Stanton (left shoulder) remained limited. The Lions removed cornerback Tye Hill (illness) from the injury report.

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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