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FavreWatch: Left-handed flips and little else

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- As far as I know, the Minnesota Vikings' plan as of late Thursday morning was for quarterback Brett Favre to practice on a limited basis to begin determining whether it will be possible to play through a sprained SC joint near his right shoulder. So it's worth noting, but not quite time to panic over, the fact that Favre did not participate in the portion of practice open to the media.

Instead, Favre stood by the rest of the quarterbacks during individual drills. I saw him flip a few balls left-handed but never with his right. It's possible he'll do more now that reporters have left the practice facility. We'll find out when the injury report is distributed later Thursday.

So what does this mean in terms of Favre's availability for Sunday's game against the New York Giants? I don't know yet. Remember, Favre also missed the first two days of practice earlier this season while nursing two fractures in his left foot. He returned for the Friday practice and started that Sunday against the New England Patriots.

An injury that inhibits the ability to throw is more significant, of course, so at the very least, I think we have a very interesting situation brewing here. For those keeping count, Favre has never missed a start in his career. The streak is 297 consecutive games. Stay tuned.