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By PFW staff

Updated 1:43 ET

The Vikings made multiple quarterback moves on Monday in preparation for their game tonight vs. the Bears.

Brett Favre, who last week ended his streak of 297 consecutive starts, has been upgraded from 'out' to 'questionable' for the contest. The Vikings are lacking depth at QB, with converted WR Joe Webb expected to start for the team under center this evening. According to PFW's Vikings correspondent Judd Zulgad, Favre will throw three hours before the game to see how his injured shoulder is feeling.

The team also signed QB R.J. Archer from its practice squad and placed Pro Bowl OLG Steve Hutchinson on injured reserve with a broken hand. Archer recently played for the Spokane Shock of the Arena Football League after going undrafted in the 2010 NFL draft out of William & Mary.

Teams rarely upgrade a player from 'out', but according to NFL spokesperson Greg Aiello, the team went through all the correct steps in changing Favre's status.

"If a player's medical status changes during the course of the week  the club must update his playing status accordingly prior to the game," Aiello said. "That is what the Vikings did when Brett's status changed today."

 

The way we see it

With the news Sunday that Favre was out, it is very surprising for the team to declare him as questionable for the game against Chicago. Webb still should be the starter, as he has taken the first-string snaps all week, but Favre will get every opportunity to prove he is healthy enough to play.

The Archer signing is likely insurance in case Webb is ineffective, Favre can't play and newly signed backup Patrick Ramsey is either plays poorly or gets injured.

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