Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said quarterback Brett Favre was able to do limited work in practice Friday and that "gives us some hope about the possibility [of him playing] Sunday," when the Vikings will play host to the New York Giants.
Favre suffered a sprained right shoulder last Sunday against Buffalo -- officially he injured the sternoclavicular joint --and Friday marked the first time he has thrown a pass since leaving that game after only three plays. "We'll see how he progresses and will probably make a decision just prior to game time on Sunday," Frazier said. "He was able to get out and do some things. It was good for our players to be able to see."
Favre is listed as questionable on the injury report for the third time this season. He has been listed as probable all other weeks.
Frazier said Favre did not throw any deep passes but the coaching staff and athletic trainers just wanted to see him be able to go through the motion of throwing. Favre's pain is coming not when he puts his arm back to pass but rather when he comes forward.
"The fact that he felt comfortable at least releasing the football," was important, Frazier said. "We just wanted him to do some soft tossing and just get a feel for the motion. That was his concern. Being able to get through that final motion without a great deal of pain. In his mind that's going to determine whether or not he's going to end up playing on Sunday or not."
Hutchinson a game-time decision
Pro Bowl guard Steve Hutchinson did not practice for a second consecutive day Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game because of a broken right thumb that held him out last weekend.
Frazier said the availability of Hutchinson and defensive end Ray Edwards (high right ankle sprain) probably won't be decided until Sunday.
Frazier said of Hutchinson: "There are a couple of things you’ve got to deal with. Both the physical part of it, but also the mental part that he has to work through just being able to feel comfortable in using that hand. He’s getting more comfortable with it, the times that he spent with our trainers and with our players has given him a little bit more confidence. But there’s nothing like playing in a game so we’ll discuss that again on Sunday as well.”
Quarterback Joe Webb also is listed as questionable but is confident he has made enough progress in his return from a hamstring injury that he could play Sunday. Webb likely would only be used as a quarterback.
Listed as probable for the Vikings are running backs Toby Gerhart (hamstring) and Adrian Peterson (ankle); wide receviers Sidney Rice (hip), Bernard Berrian (groin) and Greg Lewis (concussion); and safety Jamarca Sanford (hamstring).
Giants' Nicks and Smith questionable
New York Giants wide receivers Hakeem Nicks (leg) and Steve Smith (pectoral) are both listed as questionable for the Giants and expected to play against the Vikings. Center Shaun O'Hara (foot) is doubtful and tackle Shawn Andrews (back) is out.
Two Bills fined
Buffalo's Andy Levitre and Quinton Gather were fined $7,500 and 5,000, respectively, for unnecessary roughness in the Bills' loss to the Vikings last Sunday.
Levitre was called for unnecessary roughness for shoving a Vikings player in the third quarter, and Gather was called for unnecessary roughness for hitting Vikings punter Chris Kluwe at the end of a return in the same quarter.