Frazier avoids controversy: Favre is starter if healthy

The shoulder injury that sidelined Brett Favre early in Sunday’s game against the Bills wasn’t going to allow him back in the game, even if it appeared the veteran quarterback was trying to convince his coach otherwise.

“He didn’t try to come back in,” Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said. “The doctors had told us he pretty much wasn’t going to be available.”

Before the next question could even be asked by reporters, Frazier put a quick end to any quarterback controversy between Favre and backup Tarvaris Jackson, who was 15-of-22 passing for 187 yards with two touchdowns and three interceptions in his relief appearance.

Frazier said if Favre is healthy, he’s the starter, which he hoped would be the case against the Giants.

During his postgame session with reporters, Favre said the injury was diagnosed as a sprained SC (sternoclavicular) joint. He said an X-ray on the shoulder was negative, and indicated he would undergo an MRI exam on Monday.

Favre, who¬†stayed dressed on the sideline because third-string QB Joe Webb had injured his hamstring, said he wasn’t “overly concerned” with the injury.

“I have no idea,” added Favre about the injury. “I’ve never had this injury. We’ll see how it responds to treatment.”

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