Childress Leaning Towards Starting T-Jack

Minnesota Vikings head coach Brad Childress is leaning towards starting Tarvaris Jackson at quarterback, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

A stress fracture in Brett Favre's left ankle, as well as an avulsion fracture in the heel of his left foot, has put Favre's legendary 291-game starting streak in jeopardy. Childress says Favre is getting better--a walking boot came off yesterday--but the 41-year old hasn't practiced this week as the 4-3 Vikings have been preparing to face the New England Patriots on the road this Sunday, and Jackson may give the team its best chance to win.

"He's doing a little better every day," Childress said of Favre. "Whether it's good enough to play in an NFL football game remains to be seen. Just taking it a day at a time."

Vikings offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell, who worked with Favre with the Green Bay Packers, would be surprised if Favre didn't play.

"Surprising would probably be a good word," Bevell said on Thursday. "He's never not been out there so it would probably be a surprise. I was there [in Green Bay] and he broke the thumb. Immediately the doctor said, 'Hey, we've got to pin it and you're going to be out six to eight weeks.' In his mind, he said, 'Well wait a minute, I just played really well.' We didn't know it was broken. He said, 'I'm going to give it a shot.' He played with that as well. It would surprise me if he wasn't able to be out there."

My take: I'd be stunned if Favre doesn't start, but would expect him to give way to Jackson at some point on Sunday.

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