Brett Favre still hasn’t been able to throw a proper pass in practice, and the Minnesota Vikings still haven’t given up hope their quarterback will extend his NFL record for consecutive starts against the New York Giants tomorrow in Minneapolis.
Favre did minimal work in practice yesterday for the first time all week, making a few soft tosses to test out his sprained throwing shoulder. He is listed as questionable on the injury report and will be a game-time decision on whether he will make his 298th straight regular-season start.
Interim coach Leslie Frazier said the 41-year-old Favre will have to show the team he can make all the throws during a pregame workout tomorrow to get clearance to play.
“We would have to see him make some of the throws he’d have to make in the game, and he understands that,’’ Frazier said. “So, we’ll take a look on Sunday morning and see.’’
Skelton gets call Arizona rookie quarterback John Skelton will get his first NFL start when the Cardinals play the Broncos tomorrow. Coach Ken Whisenhunt made the announcement after practice, saying starter Derek Anderson (concussion) could not go. The only other healthy quarterback is Richard Bartel, who was signed this week . . . Cowboys owner Jerry Jones wants Tony Romo to play again this season, even if the playoffs are a long shot at best. He just wants his star quarterback to get back on the field. Romo has been sidelined since Oct. 25 when he broke his collarbone in a loss to the Giants, and would only be able to return for the team’s final two games, at Arizona Dec. 25 and at Philadelphia Jan. 2. Asked if Romo would be ready for the Cardinals, Jones said: “In my opinion, he will be.’’ . . . The NFL suspended Panthers guard Duke Robinson for four games for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Robinson is already on injured reserve, but he’ll be able to serve the suspension over the final four games this season.
Cassel doubtful Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel, who had an emergency appendectomy two days ago, is listed as doubtful for tomorrow’s AFC West showdown game at San Diego. Coach Todd Haley refused to say if Cassel would be out for the game. “He’s going to be listed as did not practice today and doubtful, and that’s where I’ll leave it,’’ Haley said. Backup Brodie Croyle, who has started nine games for Kansas City since 2006 and lost every one, has worked with the first team all week . . . Jets safety James Ihedigbo will not play tomorrow against the Dolphins because of an injured right leg. He did not practice all week after suffering an ankle sprain and injury to the medial collateral ligament in the knee in the Jets’ loss to the Patriots Monday night. Jets right tackle Damien Woody (sprained right knee) did not practice and is questionable for the game . . . Dolphins receiver Brian Hartline (finger) and tackle Vernon Carey (knee) will not play against the Jets.
Hits parade Eagles defensive end Trent Cole was fined $20,000 by the NFL for hitting Texans quarterback Matt Schaub in the knee area. The hit came in the Eagles’ victory over Houston Dec. 2. Cardinals defensive tackle Alan Branch was docked $10,000 for roughing the passer for his hit on Rams rookie Sam Bradford. Lions defensive end Cliff Avril was given with a $15,000 fine for hitting Bears quarterback Jay Cutler in the face area.
Bronco arrested Broncos rookie cornerback Perrish Cox was arrested for investigation of felony sexual assault. Cox was taken into custody Thursday night following an investigation into an alleged Oct. 28 assault and brought to a Douglas County (Colo.) jail, said Michelle Kivela, public information officer for the city of Lone Tree, which is about 20 miles south of Denver. Cox appeared yesterday in court in nearby Castle Rock wearing a gray prison uniform and his feet in shackles. Cox posted bail yesterday and was released from custody . . . Hall of Famer John Elway confirmed his interest in working for the Broncos again. He has spoken with team owner Pat Bowlen about joining the front office in an official capacity but those discussions haven’t gone far . . . The home of Ravens rookie kick returner David Reed was raided Tuesday night by police to investigate potential drug activity.