Favre starting Monday night, but Peterson inactive

The Vikings have released their inactives for Monday Night Football.

The biggest surprise is that running back Adrian Peterson is among them.  He will not play against the Bears due to a thigh bruise.  Though Peterson did not practice until Saturday of last week, Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier told reporters that his running back’s absences were precautionary.  ESPN’s Ed Werder reports that Peterson participated in pre-game warmups under the watchful eye of Frazier. Frazier apparently didn’t want to risk Peterson’s legs on the hard surface at TCF Bank Stadium.

Rookie Toby Gerhart will start at tailback.

Quarterback Brett Favre is active, as expected.  He will get the start.

The rest of the Vikings’ inactives: Safety Tyrell Johnson, safety Jamarca Sanford, quarterbacks R.J. Archer and Patrick Ramsey, wide receiver Greg Lewis, offensive lineman Thomas Welch, and defensive tackle Jimmy Kennedy.

The Bears’ inactives involve much less drama than the Vikings’.  The most notable absence for Chicago is linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa, who is still recovering from arthroscopic knee surgery.

Nick Roach starts at strong-side linebacker for Tinoisamoa.

Tinoisamoa will be joined on the sideline by tight end Desmond Clark, cornerback Joshua Moore, defensive tackle Marcus Harrison, offensive lineman Edwin Williams, running back Kahlil Bell, and offensive tackle Herman Johnson.

Caleb Hanie is the Bears’ third quarterback.

35 responses to “Favre starting Monday night, but Peterson inactive

  1. Kinda BS you can upgrade a guy from OUT to QUESTIONABLE to PLAYING all within 24 hours and not have any consequences. Out should mean out and the bears probably havent prepared for him. At least make him DOUBTFUL.

  2. A meaningless game for the Vikings and for Favre. He ought to sit out before he seriously gets hurt for no reason.

  3. I will bet the Bears are licking their chops. No AP and somebody who can’t move in the pocket.

    As much I as should be cheering for the Vikes, it ain’t happening. I hope the Bears end Favre’s season and the NFL can be done with this guy.

  4. Favre playing has completely submarined my fantasy season. Lineups were locked yesterday.

    I will hate Brett Favre forever and I hope he gets fined for sending pictures of his junk to strangers.

  5. I agree that the rapid succession of status changes are BS, but they are legal according to the league. Never fear – the Bears have gone up against Grampa before so won’t have too many surprises. Unless he’s been secretly pacticing some new dance moves the past couple weeks…

    Go Bears!!

  6. This is going to hurt a lot of idiots who sneakily plugged in Joe Webb at starting WR in Yahoo fantasy.

    16th league championship here I come.

  7. Interesting that Packer fans now have to root for Favre to beat the Bears. A bear loss could mean a slide that keeps the Bears out of the playoffs. Although that would mean the Packers would still have to win twice. But then again reinforcing the idea that Chicago is a 2nd class city is always a good thing. 😛

    Nice to see Favre playing. I am sure the Favre haters will criticize him for playing just as they would have if he did not play.

  8. The Vikings asked the league for permission to upgrade Favre…they could have said no. I agree that it’s messed up that the Vikings were able to do that but the league had a chance to stop it…were the Bears contacted prior to the upgrade? They may have said they didn’t mind.

  9. The drama queen strikes again!! I want Brint in the death pool six months after he officially files retirement papers! This guy will be suicidal when he is no longer a media whore. Can’t wait for Gruden to slobber over him tonight knowing it is maybe his last chance.

  10. Doesn’t matter if Favre will start…Kluwe tested out the field & determined it was unfit to play on.

  11. #
    packercpa says: Dec 20, 2010 7:13 PM

    I will bet the Bears are licking their chops. No AP and somebody who can’t move in the pocket.

    As much I as should be cheering for the Vikes, it ain’t happening. I hope the Bears end Favre’s season and the NFL can be done with this guy.
    __________________________
    Seriously, let it go already. This is his last season, and it will be over soon enough. Silly me, I thought maybe a few people might give him a little bit of credit for showing that all of those “he never cared about him team or playing, it’s all about the streak” comments are just plain wrong.

  12. Most of the comments are taking bad shots at Favre. Just stop for a second and go back through the years with him – one of the best quarterbacks in the business, super bowl rings and a real standup guy to children.

    Be nice if one could understand that this is one competitor and he will I am sure close it all out at the end of the season.

  13. Two questions. Who is running the show in Minnesota and What do the Vikings gain by starting Favre??? This is a meaningless game for the Vikings. You would think they would like to see what their younger quarterbacks can do.

  14. This just in, nobody gives a crap about your “fantasy
    team” except you.

    This is real life here, this is the NFL.

    Holy smokes.

  15. Funny to see Bear fans complaining about this last minute decision. All they have been doing is talking about how big of a blowout it will be. What change is there going to be? AP is out, 2 safeties are out. You are playing a beat up 41 year old who looks like he could die at any moment with severe cameleonic like skin.

  16. cmsjohn,

    Just to clarify, he won only one Super Bowl Ring. And you obviously don’t know the entire story about Favre and his earlier endeavors.

  17. @stankle
    I thought maybe a few people might give him a little bit of credit for showing that all of those “he never cared about him team or playing, it’s all about the streak” comments are just plain wrong.”

    I don’t see where the two are connected. I do see Favre trying to milk attention from one last national broadcast.

  18. @FinFan68 …

    Makes sense. Favre’s “comeback” is going to command much higher ratings than Webb’s debut. And he’s got a much better chance of keeping the game competitive in that weather. Don’t know about the California boy in the backfield though. Yikes.

  19. After seeing how fired-up Favre is tonite, there’s no way he doesn’t return in 2011.

    I see one more year and one more run with a fully healthy Vikings’ squad.

    7-0 Vikings, and I expect a blowout.

  20. vikinghater says:
    Dec 20, 2010 5:44 PM
    Let it snow…Let it snow…Let it snow!!!!
    Vikes are leaving town anyway.
    1/ No Coach
    2/ No Brett
    3/ No Stadium

    Hey Ziggy: You might as well let the cat out of the bag!!!

  21. What a media whore. The only reason he played was because it was a Monday night game covered by the ” All Favre All the Time” network.

    The pregame Favre love fest made me puke in my mouth. I especially was moved by his humanitarian gesture to the sick boy – whose family didn’t want the information to get out about it. Give me an effin break.

    PHONY.

  22. @jeresy73 – totally agree, but I’d take it one step more. He should just stop playing all together.

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