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Favre suffers concussion, not sure if he'll play again

Posted by: under Injury report, Off the field, Vikings, Bears, NFC, Packers, Leslie Frazier, Vikings fans, Vikings players, Antoine Winfield, Brett Favre, Bryant McKinnie, Chris Kluwe, Jared Allen, Kevin Williams, Leslie Frazier Updated: December 21, 2010 - 1:13 AM

By Chip Scoggins and Judd Zulgad

Brett Favre acknowledged that he suffered a concussion on a sack in the second quarter of a 40-14 loss to the Chicago Bears on Monday at TCF Bank Stadium.

Favre, however, was non-committal when asked if he hopes to play in either of the team's final two games.

"I don't know with this concussion, based on my decision-making, I probably shouldn't tell you one way or the other right now," he said. "I don't regret it. I wish it would have turned out differently."

Favre suffered a concussion on a sack by Corey Wootton, who beat left tackle Bryant McKinnie off the line, grabbed Favre and threw him to the ground. Favre’s head and left shoulder hit the turf hard. Favre stayed on the ground briefly and then walked slowly off the field with the team’s medical staff.
 
"It was one of the few times that I kind of went blank there for a while in my career," Favre said. "It was just the way I guess I was slung around on the turf."
 
Favre discussed his decision to play after being listed as "out" on the final injury report. He said he texted Coach Leslie Frazier on Sunday night, saying he wanted to try and play. Favre said his injured right shoulder started feeling better on Sunday.
 
"I said, 'Well, I don't want to put you in an awkward situation, but I would like to,'" Favre said. "What changed? To be honest with you, I didn't know if I could throw before I went out in pregame."

 Favre said part of his motivation was to play one more game in front of Vikings fans.

"If this were the last game to play it here, in front of our fans," he said. "It was important to play in front of our crowd. I just wish it would have turned out differently."

Different concerns 
 
Frazier said he is not concerned that his team being outscored 61-17 in back-to-back losses could jeopardize his chances of getting the full-time job.
 
“No, what weighs on me is disappointment that our players have right now and just trying to get things turned around so when we go to Philadelphia [next Sunday] we play a whole lot better than we played tonight,” he said. “We have to figure out a way to play better and I want that to happen for our players.”
 
Frazier is now 2-2 as the Vikings coach after opening with victories over Washington and Buffalo. The difference is the Redskins and Bills are a combined 9-19 and the Giants and Bears are a combined 19-9. The Eagles lead the NFC East with a 10-4 record.
 
Field review
 
A number of Vikings said the field condition was actually in relatively good shape despite all the pregame attention focused on it. Wide receiver Sidner Rice admitted he was concerned and tried out three different cleats in pregame.
 
"It was probably the worst and most dangerous field I've played on," Rice said. "I haven't been in the league a long time and I'm from down south. But it was tough conditions. But there's no excuses. The Bears came out and played well on it."
 
Vikings punter Chris Kluwe caused quite a stir Sunday when he tweeted that the surface was "unplayable." Asked if he regretted making statements on Twitter, Kluwe said: "Not at all. I observed the field conditions as they were and felt that they were unsafe. I credit the TCF people and everyone that worked here. They did a great job at making sure that it was ready for the game. When we came out during pregame, it was light-years better then it was for the walk-through."
 
Kluwe acknowledged there was some "icy spots" on the field but added that affected both teams.
 
That hurts
 
Bears quarterback Jay Cutler said he needed three stitches after he was hit in the chin by the helmet of Vikings cornerback Antoine Winfield in the first half.
 
Look out below
 
Vikings defensive end Jared Allen said the atmosphere was cool besides the snowballs that were thrown at the team's bench in the second half by frustrated fans. "I'd guess I'd be [ticked off] to if I was a fan," said Allen, who was standing by Kevin Williams when the defensive tackle was hit by a snowball.
 
"It was not everybody, there's always a couple of bad apples out there," Allen said. "What are you going to do? They were obviously disappointed and rightfully so."
 
Nice digs
 
The field conditions at TCF Bank Stadium might have been an issue, but players weren't complaining about the home locker room they had for one night. The Gophers locker room is shaped like a football -- just like the Packers locker room in Lambeau Field -- and is the biggest in college football.
 
That's quite a difference from the cramped space in which the Vikings dress at the Metrodome. "They've got to accomodate a lot more players on the roster," Kevin Williams said. "We only get to dress 45 [on game day]. We don't have near as many lockers. It's a nice locker room."
 
 

 

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