With it all but certain that Brett Favre is set to retire, he leaves the Vikings scrambling for a backup plan in his wake.
His previous two retirements didn't feel as definitive as this one. With his lingering ankle injury affecting him, the third time feels like a charm in this case.
But Favre is hard to read. In two weeks, he could realize his ankle feels okay and that he has what it takes for another season. Right now, however, the Vikings must pick up the pieces.
His decision leaves numerous Vikings with chances of increased roles for the team. Whether it's Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels at quarterback or the Viking defense, everyone is affected by the loss.
Here are the ramifications of Favre's decision on the Vikings.