Double surprise: Favre in, Peterson out

MINNEAPOLIS -- I guess Brett Favre feels better than he looked during pre-game warm-ups.

The Minnesota Vikings announced Favre as their starter for Monday night's game against the Chicago Bears. About 45 minutes earlier, Favre had concluded a modest throwing session in which all of his passes were under 20 yards. I don't really know how to gauge what Favre did before the game. All I can say is it was more than soft-tossing but nothing close to full velocity. Perhaps Favre threw indoors before or after, but if I'm the Bears, I would question whether he will really be able to open it up in this game.

The Vikings will need some kind of spark, however, now that tailback Adrian Peterson has been confirmed as a surprise deactivation. Coach Leslie Frazier said last week he fully expected Peterson to play despite a bruised knee suffered in a collision with quarterback Tarvaris Jackson, but Frazier also said that Favre would "definitely" not play Monday night.

We'll keep you updated. Once the game starts, be sure to join me over at Monday Night Live for our night-long chat.