Vikings head coach Brad Childress told reporters that QB Brett Favre has an avulsion fracture and stress fracture in his left ankle and is in a walking boot. His status for the team's Week Eight game vs. the Patriots is unknown.
"He’s got to be able to do all of the things that his position does," Childress said. "You can’t put a guy that is a sitting duck out there. His competitive nature I am sure will come into it. A lot of times you have to protect people from themselves. I’m taking it day by day. He’s got great pain threshold and great competitive zeal."
The quarterback underwent an MRI on Monday after hurting the ankle during Sunday night's 28-24 loss to the Packers. Childress said he will "do what's right for the Minnesota Vikings" when deciding on who will be under center in New England, noting that Favre's 291 consecutive starts streak does not play a factor.
The way we see it
Favre had a night to forget on Sunday, as speculation about his NFL investigation grew louder before throwing a costly pick-six that ultimately lost the game against his former team. He also suffered a painful injury that could limit his production in the coming weeks. With a 2-4 record, the last thing Childress and the Vikings need is a QB change, but if Favre is unable to move on his hurt ankle, Tarvaris Jackson may be facing off with Tom Brady next week.
Favre's injury not only affects fantasy teams with No. 4 on it, but also those who own Randy Moss, Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson. Jackson clearly isn't the same type of QB that Favre is, so a change would completely alter the team's offensive approach and could lead to less touches for some of the star players.