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If Favre can throw, he'll play against the Giants

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- Near the end of his 20th NFL season, Brett Favre has created a consistent expectation that he'll play each weekend regardless of what kind of malady he might be dealing with. Earlier this season, it was a pair of fractures in an ankle. This time, it's a sprained joint in his right shoulder.

Interim Vikings coach Leslie Frazier, naturally, said he'd be surprised if Favre doesn't add to his NFL record and make his 298th straight start Sunday against the New York Giants.

"From what I've been told, rest is probably key," Frazier said Monday. "That's going to be number one, and they'll do some exercises with him to help him as well. But it's not something that can surgically be attended to. It's just a matter of rest and then the rehab that they're going to put him through."

Frazier said Favre will be under constant evaluation. It's yet to be determined whether he'll practice.

"When we go through the week, just seeing how his throwing motion is and what he can and can't tolerate," Frazier said.

The 41-year-old Favre can tolerate a lot, but he couldn't bear enough to get back on the field in Sunday's 38-14 win over Buffalo after he was flattened on his first pass.

"I really thought he'd come back in the game, just knowing Brett," Frazier said. "As hard as I saw him get hit yesterday, I've seen him take harder hits and bounce back and come back and play. There's nobody tougher than Brett Favre to ever play the quarterback position."

After falling to 3-7 and seeing Frazier take over two weeks ago when Brad Childress was fired, the Vikings have found themselves back in the playoff picture after giving their aspiring head coach two consecutive victories.

Though they're not yet mathematically eliminated from contention, their best-possible 9-7 record is unlikely to be good enough for postseason qualification. Instead, it's their next three opponents -- the New York Giants, Chicago Bears and Philadelphia Eagles -- who are all in the thick of the race.

Tarvaris Jackson, despite three interceptions, one that was returned for a score, threw two touchdown passes and helped lead the Vikings to a season-high 38 points. In fact, they had four touchdowns in the first 22 minutes against the Bills, more scoring than in any other game this year.

"It was just a collective effort," tight end Visanthe Shiancoe said. "We feed off of each other."