Brett Favre Injury: 3 Reasons Why the Ol' Gunslinger Won't Start Next Week

Brandon BeckerCorrespondent IOctober 25, 2010

Brett Favre Injury: 3 Reasons Why the Ol' Gunslinger Won't Start Next Week

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings reacts after throwing a final incomplete pass against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Packers defeated the Vikings 28-24. (Photo
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    After his final heave to the end zone sailed out of bounds Brett Favre lost to the Green Bay Packers for the first time. And as he limped off the field heading into the locker room he was greeted by some cheers, but mostly a chorus boos of from betrayed Packer fans.

    The NBC cameras followed a downtrodden Favre into the tunnel where he looked as if he had just undergone a 15-round fight with Apollo Creed. He also looked like a man that is beat up, broken, and emotionally exhausted.

    A year ago Favre was rejuvenated when he became a Minnesota Viking. He played his best football of his career and it almost was enough to get the Vikings to the Super Bowl.

    Now Favre's bum ankle is acting up again and very well could be enough of a problem to keep him out from under center next week ending his streak.

    Favre's ankle is a big problem but it's not the only reason I don't believe he will be starting next week.

    With that being said let's get rolling.

No. 3-Time for Tarvaris

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    MINNEAPOLIS - SEPTEMBER 2:  Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings passes the ball during warmups prior to an NFL preseason game against the Denver Broncos at the Mall of America Field at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, on September 2, 2010 in Minneap
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    Anybody that considers themselves an expert would probably consider switching from Favre to Tarvaris Jackson an idiotic move. In the past that may have been correct, but at this moment in time it's not an absurd question to ask.

    On the season Favre's thrown seven touchdowns to 10 interceptions and his performance has ranged from down right spectacular at points in a game to the complete opposite.

    Looking at the Vikings last three losses you'll notice a common theme. That theme is that Favre's play has been so bad that you could make a case that he has prevented the Vikings from winning in each game. 

    Against Miami, a very winnable game at home, Favre threw three costly INT's in a four-point loss. In Week 5 at the New Meadowlands, Favre had three turnovers and a game-ending pick six. As bad as the three turnovers were against the New York Jets his 20 incompletions, which included a variety of missed throws to wide-open receivers, was just as troubling. 

    And although Favre had a chance to be the hero against his former team they wouldn't have likely needed any heroics if he hadn't made two incomprehensible throws, including one that was taken back for a TD.

    Turning to Jackson, a QB that would most likely play within the confines of the system, would allow the Vikings to rely heavier on Adrian Peterson and could potentially eliminate the costly turnovers Favre has been making on a consistent basis.

    Jackson may not be the long-term answer this season, but making a spot start or two would allow Favre to get his mind right and allow his body much needed rest.

No. 2-NFL Investigation

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    EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - OCTOBER 7:  Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre answers questions from the media during a press conference at Winter Park on October 7, 2010 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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    With details starting to leak out from Favre's meeting with the NFL it's becoming clear that a decision regarding the Jenn Sterger scandal will soon be made. While Favre has been able to deflect questions away so far he is eventually going to have to take the allegations head on and address them.

    Whether or not Sterger will cooperate has yet to be determined, although some are reporting that she is willing to talk but nothing is known for sure at this moment. 

    It's unlikely Favre will be suspended for Sunday's game, but that doesn't mean it wouldn't be a good idea for him to step aside for a game or two. With his ankle flaring up again and the investigation looming over his head Favre appears to need a mental break just as much as he needs time to heal his ailing body.

    The Vikings bye week is over but don't be surprised if Favre is given a personal one to focus on more pressing issues than football.

No. 1-Health

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    GREEN BAY, WI - OCTOBER 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings scrambles away from Frank Zombo #58 of the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on October 24, 2010 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  The Packers defeated the Vikings 28-24. (Photo by Jim Prischin
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    Seeing how Favre was hardly able to walk after exiting his press conference it's hard to imagine that he'll be ready to go in six days. What was supposed to be a promising season has quickly developed into a nightmare.

    Heading into the season the biggest question mark surrounding Favre was his ankle. After showing no signs of trouble moving around through the first couple weeks of the season the Old Man developed elbow tendinitis in his throwing arm. 

    Now that the elbow's looked OK Favre's creaky ankle has become an issue once again after he was taken down by a Packer defender. He limped through the remainder of the game and although mobility didn't seem to be an issue ankle injuries tend to get worse before they get better.

    Brad Childress' time as the head coach of the Minnesota Vikings could be limited if he doesn't right the ship and get this team back in the hunt for a playoff spot. The question he has to ask himself is he better off with a hurt QB that is struggling or an unproven backup. 

    He may not even have to make a decision as Favre's body may make it for him. 

    Right now, the Vikings sit at 2-4 and have to travel to face a tough New England Patriot team this Sunday.

    Despite 2-5 staring them in the face Favre's health, the NFL investigation, and his play through six games will keep him from starting against the Patriots ending one of the greatest streaks ever achieved.