Brett Favre doubts he'll play

Updated: December 13, 2010, 3:11 PM ET
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Brett Favre doesn't expect to be under center when the Minnesota Vikings finally play their weather-delayed game against the New York Giants on Monday night in Detroit and his coach also said it's doubtful that the quarterback will play.

When asked if he could play with the benefit of the extra time, Favre texted USA Today: "I doubt it, but it does buy a little time."

Favre, who is trying to keep his NFL record of 297 straight regular-season starts alive, added "This is unbelievable!"

Asked for Favre's status in a text Monday morning, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier responded to ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter: "Doubtful but sometimes you never know with him."

Frazier said Sunday that Favre did not throw during a walkthrough, but that the extra day off has helped him and that Favre remains a game-time decision. Favre is listed as questionable.

The 41-year-old quarterback sprained the SC joint in his throwing shoulder in last week's win over Buffalo. Favre barely practiced all week as he tried to recover.

Favre told ESPN's Ed Werder that the sprained SC joint in his right shoulder has produced a knot the size of a golf ball located between his neck and collarbone and that he's experienced numbness in his right hand all week. Favre said he believes it's the result of both the sprained shoulder itself and the fact it aggravated a pinched nerve in his neck that he's had since the Washington game two weeks ago.

If he attempts to play, Favre could take a general painkiller but said he's unlikely to take an injection directly into the injury site. He said team doctors told him it would have to be done at a hospital and require the involvement of a radiologist viewing a live X-ray to ensure the needle did not puncture nerves or arteries in the area, which could result in a stroke.

The Vikings-Giants game originally was scheduled for Sunday afternoon but was postponed to Monday night in Detroit after the Metrodome's roof collapsed during a massive snowstorm.

Information from The Associated Press, ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter and ESPN's Ed Werder was used in this report.

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