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Brett Favre, Vikings defeat Texans in exhibition game

The quarterback plays three quarters despite saying he might have an injured rib.

September 01, 2009|associated press

Brett Favre's ribs appear to be just fine.

He took plenty of hits and even delivered one.

Adrian Peterson scored on the game's first play, Favre played three quarters despite saying he might have an injured rib, and the Minnesota Vikings beat the Houston Texans, 17-10, in an exhibition Monday night at Houston.

In his second game since unretiring less than two weeks ago, Favre completed 13 of 18 passes for 142 yards.

He didn't move the offense much after Peterson's touchdown until a 28-yard catch and run by Chester Taylor just before halftime.

Favre told ESPN before the game that he thinks he has a cracked rib, but the 39-year-old didn't look to be in pain while getting sacked twice and taking numerous hits.

He drew a penalty for an illegal crackback block to the knee of Houston's Eugene Wilson when he lined up wide in the Wildcat formation in the third quarter. Wilson was injured on the play.

Houston's Matt Schaub also had a tough day. He was called for intentional grounding and had a pass intercepted before spraining his ankle on a touchdown run by Steve Slaton in the second quarter.

He returned after the injury but was limping and was replaced by Dan Orlovsky to start the third quarter.

Elsewhere

Kansas City Chiefs rookie Coach Todd Haley fired offensive coordinator Chan Gailey and assumed that role himself, 13 days before he opens the season with a very unsettled quarterback situation. Matt Cassel was injured in Saturday night's exhibition loss to Seattle, limping away with a knee injury. But Haley refused to discuss the injury to Cassel, who signed a six-year contract for a guaranteed $28 million. Yahoo Sports, citing a source in the organization, reported Cassel sprained the medial collateral ligament in his left knee and could miss two to four weeks. . . . Carson Palmer threw some passes to Cincinnati Bengals teammates during practice, an indication he could play in the final exhibition Thursday against Indianapolis.

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