Brett Favre is getting help from the Minnesota Vikings' medical staff, the athletic trainers and perhaps even the weather gods as he tries to keep his incredible consecutive starts record going.
The Vikings’ home game against the New York Giants was moved to tonight in Detroit after the Metrodome’s inflated roof collapsed in a snowstorm early Sunday morning.
The delay has given Favre more time to heal his sprained right shoulder, with his NFL-record streak of 297 straight regular season starts hanging in the balance.
The game originally was scheduled for Sunday afternoon and already had been pushed back because of the storm that dumped 17 inches of snow on Minneapolis.
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But Metrodome officials told the league the roof wouldn’t be ready in time to play today or Tuesday. The league also had discussions with New Orleans, St. Louis and Indianapolis and briefly considered the University of Minnesota’s outdoor stadium before deciding to hold the game at Ford Field at 4:20 p.m. Pacific time.
The NFL said Detroit was the best logistical fit given that Fox camera crews were already in town for the Lions’ game against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday.
“There are still a lot of logistics up in the air, but we will do everything we can to make this a quality NFL game for the Vikings and Giants,” Lions President Tom Lewand said.
The collapse of the Metrodome roof wasn’t bad for everyone.
Aramark, the Minnesota Vikings’ food preparer, is donating all the food prepared for the postponed game between the Giants and Vikings to a food shelf.
Aramark general manager Corey Hedrick called it “an easy decision” to give all the prepared food to Minneapolis-based Twin Cities Second Harvest Heartland
Miami cornerback Nolan Carroll was tripped by the New York Jets’ strength and conditioning coach on the sideline while covering a punt in the third quarter of Miami’s 10-6 victory Sunday.
The rookie fell to the turf while running down the sideline, and the Jets’ Sal Alosi later admitted he interfered with Carroll.
“I made a mistake that showed a total lapse in judgment,” Alosi said in a statement released by the Jets about 21/2 hours after the game. “My conduct was inexcusable and unsportsmanlike and does not reflect what this organization stands for.”
Carroll, who had an interception in the first quarter to set up a field goal, lay on the field for several minutes before walking off.
RODGERS HURT AGAIN
For the second time this season, Aaron Rodgers is recovering from a concussion after a Green Bay loss.
The Packers lost their quarterback late in the second quarter Sunday against Detroit, shortly after Rodgers was hit on back-to-back plays. He was slow getting up after being hit by Amari Spievey and Landon Johnson at the end of an 18-yard scramble. Green Bay took a timeout, then Rodgers was sacked on the next play.
Detroit won, 7-3.
Also in the game, Lions linebacker Landon Johnson was carted off the field and taken to the hospital with a neck injury.
Coach Jim Schwartz said afterward that the team was “guardedly optimistic” about Johnson’s condition.