The end (of Favre's streak) seems near

DETROIT -- The magic number could be 297. The trivia answers would include Dec. 13, Ford Field, Arthur Moats and Tarvaris Jackson.

Barring what would be a genuine sports miracle Monday night, it appears that quarterback Brett Favre will miss his first start since taking over the Green Bay Packers on Sept. 27, 1992 -- a 297-game span that brought him a Super Bowl title and almost every NFL career passing record.

Cause of work stoppage: A sprained SC joint near his right shoulder.

The Minnesota Vikings haven't ruled out Favre for Monday night's game at Ford Field against the New York Giants, but that's only because they don't have to. NFL teams aren't required to submit game-day deactivations and lineup changes until 90 minutes before kickoff. For Monday night's 7:20 p.m. ET start, that would be 5:50 p.m. ET.

Although Favre is still scheduled to throw in pregame warm-ups, Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said Monday in a text message to ESPN's Adam Schefter that it is "doubtful" Favre will play. Favre himself said the same thing over the weekend and told ESPN's Ed Werder that he would not have played if the game had kicked off as scheduled Sunday.

So can 30 hours heal an SC joint? Our only reason for pause is knowing that Favre has found a way to play through any number of other injuries over the past 19 seasons. But this one, suffered Dec. 5 on a sack by Moats, a Buffalo Bills linebacker, has rendered him unable to throw with anywhere close to his normal velocity ever since.

Favre, 41, last missed a game in its entirety in Week 1 of the 1992 season -- coincidentally, a Packers loss to the Vikings on Sept. 6, 1992. He appeared in a reserve role in Week 2, replaced injured starter Don Majkowski in Week 3 before making his first start.

We will of course keep you updated on the situation, and I plan to be at Ford Field in time for whatever pregame workout Favre attempts. Stranger things have happened, but in boxing terms, we're approaching "8" on the standing count.