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Every week we look at the performance of Brett Favre, who is making more than $1 million per game this season.
You all know the story by now: Favre went from out to questionable to starting to knocked out.
You can question a lot about Favre — his motivations, for one — but it's hard to doubt his toughness or determination. Many have compared him to a punch-drunk fighter who doesn't hear the bell ring or know when to throw in the towel.
But on the flip side, he has been paid a lot of money this season to come back and play and he feels like it's his duty to be out on the field when the Vikings line up. Questionable or not, he gave it a go Monday and looked decent for a series, whipping a TD pass to Percy Harvin to give the Vikings a brief lead.
Of course, Favre also was picked on the next series by Julius Peppers off a tipped pass and was almost intercepted a second time by Peppers a few series later.
Then, it happened: what might have been the knockout punch of his career. Favre was slammed to the turf by lightly used DE Corey Wootton, hitting his head hard on the frozen surface of TCF Bank Stadium. (Favre actually fumbled the ball, replays showed, but the play was blown dead.)
And where Arthur Moats of the Bills once might have been the answer to the trivia question "Who knocked out Favre?", that distinction might now go to Wootton.
Joe Webb came in and showed he has a long way to go before he's NFL-ready. For those who claimed that Favre hindered the development of Webb by taking nearly two quarters of action from him, in the long run it likely won't mean much in how he comes around as an NFL player.
Favre has been ruled out against the Eagles on Sunday night, and though his career might be over, he won't be placed on I.R. So there's a chance he could play against the Lions in Week 17 at Ford Field — the site where his consecutive-starts streak ended last week — it doesn't look all that likely at this point.
Of course, with Favre, anything is possible.