The NFL sent a clear message today: Stay away from Brett Favre‘s face.
The Patriots‘ Myron Pryor gave Favre a shot up under the helmet Sunday, splitting Favre’s chin and sending him to the locker room. Today Pryor was fined $7500 by the league for the hit.
Thanks to Pryor, Favre was not available for any kind of late fourth quarter comeback attempt by the Vikings. This proved moot as the Vikings’ defense, and particularly Asher Allen, were unable to prevent Danny Woodhead and the Pats from scoring one last touchdown to put the game out-of-reach.
After Favre’s abrupt, violent and somewhat pitiful removal from the game, Tarvaris Jackson entered and promptly threw both a touchdown pass and a two-point conversation toss to Percy Harvin.
Despite T-Jack’s small taste of success at the end of that drive, few Vikings fans were thrilled about the prospect of him becoming the starter in place of Favre. Thankfully, Favre’s injuries do not appear significant enough to keep him out of this weekend’s Fire Chilly festival at the Metrodome (which will also include a game against the Cardinals).