Vikings head coach Leslie Frazier said Saturday that QB Brett Favre has been ruled out for Monday night's game against the Bears and rookie Joe Webb will get his first start.
Favre's streak of 297 consecutive starts ended last Monday when he was inactive against the Giants with a shoulder injury. Frazier said there is no plan at this point to put Favre on injured reserve.
Tarvaris Jackson started against the Giants but sustained a turf-toe injury and was placed on I.R. Webb, who earlier in the season had been practicing at receiver, completed 2-of-5 passes for eight yards against the Giants. The sixth-rounder will get his first career start against the Bears at TCF Bank Stadium.
The Vikings signed veteran Patrick Ramsey last week, and he will be Webb's backup.
The way we see it
This had been expected since Jackson was placed on I.R., and it's just another chapter into the soap opera that has been the Vikings this season. From the Favre streak to the Randy Moss saga to Brad Childress being fired, now Webb will start at QB at a college stadium, as the Metrodome is still being repaired after a portion of the roof collapsed under the weight of snow last week. And to make matters worse, Webb will face the a Bears "D" looking to avenge last week's loss to the Patriots.
The presence of Webb as the starter boosts the value of Adrian Peterson, but the Bears boast one of the league's better rushing defenses and will likely load the box to stop him. Peterson (ankle, knee) practiced on Saturday and should play Monday night. It also means that Vikings receivers are not good fantasy options this week, but the Bears' defense sure is.