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Favre not finished ... yet

Brett Favre's career isn't quite over yet.

The Minnesota Vikings have been eliminated from playoff contention, but they still need someone to play quarterback for their final three games. Interim coach Leslie Frazier said the 41-year-old Favre is his choice — and he may be back in time for Monday night’s game against Chicago.

Favre was feeling better, Frazier said, after his NFL-record streak of starting 297 straight regular-season games ended Monday with him on the sideline at Ford Field in Detroit during Minnesota’s loss to the Giants.

He is nursing a sprained throwing shoulder and a numb hand, but an ultrasound on Favre’s neck and shoulder revealed no nerve damage, Frazier said.

For now, the Vikings won’t end Favre’s season, and perhaps his storied career, by putting him on injured reserve.

“I don’t see that as being part of the equation at this point,” Frazier said. “It looks like there’s a chance that we’re going to be able to get him back at some point. Hopefully this week.”

Meanwhile, the Vikings will play the Bears at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium because the Metrodome’s torn roof won’t be ready in time.

BLAME THE COACHES

Receiver Terrell Owens says the Bengals’ lousy season is the result of underachieving “from the top down,” and he points a finger at the coaches.

Teammate Chad Ochocinco asked Owens during “The T.Ocho Show” why he thinks the team is 2-11.

“I think there’s underachieving from the top down,” he said. “You start with the owner, you start with the coaches. And obviously we as players, we are a product of what the coaches are coaching us throughout the course of the week.

“Of course, we have to go out there and play the game. But in order for us to do what we’re allowed to do at the best of our abilities, the coaches have to put the players in the best position.”

SERIOUS CHARGES

Denver Broncos rookie cornerback Perrish Cox could face up to life in prison if convicted of sexual assault charges filed by prosecutors last week.

A portion of the case unsealed by a Douglas County judge shows the sexual assault charges are Class 3 and Class 4 felonies, which carry a sentence of between two years to life in prison.

Cox, who played in the Broncos’ loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday, is free on $50,000 bail.

EXTRA POINTS

After letting the snap on an extra point attempt go through his hands with nine seconds to go in what turned out to be a 17-16 loss to Tampa Bay, Redskins punter-holder Hunter Smith was cut. The Redskins re-signed Sam Paulescu to replace Smith as punter and holder. ... Steelers tight end Heath Miller has passed his post-concussion neurological tests and will return to practice today. ... The Buccaneers placed defensive tackle Gerald McCoy (torn biceps), the No. 3 overall pick this year, and linebacker Quincy Black (broken forearm) on injured reserve. ... Tackle Vernon Carey (knee) has been placed on injured reserve by the Miami Dolphins, ending his streak of 87 consecutive starts. The Dolphins also signed receiver Kevin Curtis.

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