FOXBORO -- In a mild surprise, safety Pat Chung will be inactive for today's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Chung suffered a bruised knee in last week's win over the San Diego Chargers. Meanwhile, Deion Branch, who suffered a mild hamstring strain and will play for the Patriots.

 

The inactive for the Patriots are: Chung, OL Mark LeVoir, DL Kyle Love, OL Rich Ohrnberger, S Jarrad Page, WR Taylor Price, WR Matthew Slater and RB Fred Taylor.

 

ESPN's Ed Werder is reporting that Brett Favre is uncertain that he will be able to make it through his Vikings' game against the Patriots Sunday afternoon. The Vikings' QB, who is battling an injured ankle, has said that he expects to making the start against the Pats, which would extend his streak of consecutive starts to 292 games. "My expectations are to play and play well enough for us to have a chance to win this game," Favre told Werder Saturday.

ESPN is reporting that Vikings quarterback Brett Favre feels that his injuries have "healed significantly," and that he expects to start on Sunday against the Patriots. Favre suffered two ankle fractures last Sunday night against the Packers, and his NFL record of 291 consecutive starts appeared to be in jeopardy. But, the ESPN report suggests, Favre now expects to continue his ironman streak.

 

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Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre has been officially ruled questionable for Sunday's game against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium. Favre suffered two breaks in his ankle during last Sunday night's 28-24 loss at Green Bay. He returned to the field on Friday for the first time this week, doing away with the walking boot he had been wearing to protect his left ankle, opting instead to just wear protective tape over it.

 

Vikings injury Report for Friday:

Did Not Participate 

FOXBORO -- Despite making progress off the field to heal an injured toe, running back Fred Taylor will miss his fourth straight game on Sunday against Minnesota after he was ruled out for this weekend. Also missing the game will be safety Jarrad Page, who suffered an injured calf last Sunday in San Diego. 

 

Patriots Injury Report for Friday:

Did Not Participate

S Jarrad Page (calf) OUT

RB Fred Taylor (toe) OUT

 

Limited Participation

Brett Favre returned to practice on Friday in Minnesota and was throwing the ball to jogging receivers, according to the twitter page of Judd Zulgad, a blogger and reporter covering Vikings practice. 

 

Zulgad reported that "Favre is on the practice field and was doing some light throwing. Looked to be moving OK." 

 

NFL analyst Peter King of SI.com and NBC Sports, in his weekly interview with the Dale & Holley Show, discussed a number of pressing issues in the NFL. He insisted ("Take it to the bank") that the decision by Vikings head coach Brad Childress as to whether or not to start Brett Favre on Monday against the Patriots will be made solely based upon whether he is able to handle practice on Friday and then bounce back reasonably well on Saturday.

 

FOXBORO --  Bill Belichick isn't relying on media reports that have Vikings coach Brad Childress leaning toward sitting out star quarterback Brett Favre because of broken bones in his ankle. The Patriots coach was asked Friday morning how much stock he puts in those reports that indicate backup Tavares Jackson is the likely quarterback to end Favre's NFL-record games-played streak at 291. 

 

FOXBORO -- Running back Fred Taylor, safety Jarrad Page and practice squad receiver Darnell Jenkins were the only players missing from Patriots practice on Friday on the main stadium field at Gillette Stadium. 

 

The team practiced in sweats and shells in ideal conditions as they made final preparations for the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday afternoon in Foxboro. Taylor injured his toe during the Sept. 26 win over the Bills at Gillette while Page injured his calf last weekend in San Diego. Jenkins has been at practice this week until missing Friday.