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Brett Favre shows rust in his Vikings debut

He completes one pass in Minnesota's exhibition win.

August 22, 2009|Associated Press

Camera flashes illuminated the Metrodome on each of Brett Favre's eight plays for Minnesota. Captured on film? Only one completed pass.

Favre's debut was a dud in terms of on-field action, a predictably brief exhibition performance in a 17-13 victory by the Vikings on Friday over the Kansas City Chiefs preserved by a goal-line stand by the third-stringers.

"I just didn't want to fumble the snap," Favre said. "Wanted to make sure I got the handoffs. If you complete passes, great. But I was nervous about that."

Cheered loudly by the same fans who used to loathe him when he played for Green Bay, Favre played two series and was one for four for a whopping four yards. He moved around all right and his passes had zip, just no direction.

Tarvaris Jackson, whose job was taken when Favre ended another retirement this week, was the more polished quarterback for Minnesota: 12 for 15 for 202 yards and two touchdowns.

Dallas 30, Tennessee 10 -- In the first football game at the nearly $1.2-billion Cowboys Stadium, Tony Romo looked right at home, completing 18 of 24 passes for 192 yards.

Atlanta 20, St. Louis 13 -- Matt Ryan was seven for eight for 81 yards with a touchdown pass in two series as the Falcons spoiled the home debut of Rams Coach Steve Spagnuolo.

Elsewhere

Ben Roethlisberger traveled with the Pittsburgh Steelers for tonight's exhibition in Washington, a further sign the quarterback's right foot injury is not serious.

The team did not issue an injury update before leaving Friday, saying none is required by the NFL during the preseason. No one with the team, however, has indicated the injury was more than minor.

Roethlisberger is not expected to play tonight.

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