Brett Favre Fails Concussion Test, Game Status Unknown, Detroit News Says

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre failed another concussion test yesterday, four days before what likely will be the final game of his National Football League career, the Detroit News reported.

Favre, 41, will have another test and the team hopes he can play against the Detroit Lions on Jan. 2, the newspaper said, citing Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier’s comments on a conference call with the Detroit media.

An e-mail seeking confirmation from Bob Hagan, a spokesman for the Vikings, wasn’t immediately returned.

Favre, who suffered the concussion Dec. 20 in a loss to the Chicago Bears, missed the Vikings’ win over Philadelphia two days ago and won’t be cleared to play in the season finale until he passes the test.

Frazier said the decision on Favre’s game status would have to be made no later than Jan. 1, the day before Minnesota (6-9) concludes its season at Detroit (5-10).

Rookie Joe Webb, who led the Vikings to a 24-14 win over the Eagles in his debut as a starter two days ago, would get the start if Favre is unavailable.

Favre, the three-time NFL Most Valuable Player, has said he won’t return for another season.

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