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By Eric Edholm

With the news that QB Brett Favre failed his post-concussion test, it appears that rookie QB Joe Webb will make his first start.

Webb was expected to be the guy who got the call Monday night against the Bears at TCF Bank Stadium, but Favre trumped him and took the ball. That led to the Bears bashing Favre and knocking him out of the game in what many think will be Favre's final call as an NFL player.

Of course, we know how that goes.

Favre has pulled this trick already, and there's talk he wants to try to go against the Eagles on Sunday. If not, it's Webb, who struggled to find much of a rhythm against the Bears in relief.

To the casual observer, it would appear pointless to play Favre, other than to pad his numbers and feed his ego as he closes out a Hall of Fame career. It would appear to be a great chance, instead, to play Webb and see what he might be able to accomplish heading into the offseason.

It sounds nice, but there might not be a chance for development by Webb because his long-term projection might still be at receiver, where the Vikings intended him to play initially. And the mindset of interim head coach Leslie Frazier is to win; right now he's fighting hard to have that interim tag removed so he can keep the job, but with every loss those chances lessen.

Sadly, Favre — a healthy Favre — gives the Vikings the best chance. It's an unpopular notion in Minnesota, where the natives appear ready to move on ... and many already have. But Webb needed a full offseason of work at QB and needed to get more reps to be put in this position and be expected to succeed. The other QBs on the roster, Patrick Ramsey and Rhett Bomar, barely know where the cold tub is. They just got here and can't be expected to win a tough road game, either.

So it's Webb ... or it's Favre. And either way, it's likely not very pretty.

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