4 most deflating QB injuries in Minnesota Vikings history

Which former Minnesota Vikings QBs had their seasons cut short by a serious injury?

Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre
Former Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre / Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports
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3. Brett Favre injures his shoulder (2010)

In 2009, Minnesota talked Brett Favre out of his second retirement following his one year as a New York Jet in 2008. The former Green Bay Packer and Viking tormentor proceeded to lead Minnesota to a 12-4 record in ‘09 and advance to the NFC Championship game against the New Orleans Saints.

After a disappointing loss to the Saints, it looked like Favre would hang up his cleats before the Vikes coaxed him out of it by dangling $16.5 million guaranteed. The quarterback returned for his 20th season in 2010, intent on bringing a championship home to Minnesota.

Although the Vikings began the year 3-7, Favre accomplished two milestones when he passed for his 500th career touchdown and 70,000th yard. He also had a career-best 446-yard passing day against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 9.

By early December, Favre had helped Minnesota climb to 5-7 and back into the playoff race after two straight wins against Washington and Buffalo. During the game against the Bills, however, Favre was leveled by a hit and did not return.

The injury caused the quarterback to miss the following week against the New York Giants, ending his 297 consecutive regular-season starts streak. His absence led to a loss against the G-Men. Favre returned to the lineup in Week 15 against Chicago but left after a blast from a Bears defender left him concussed.

That would be Favre’s final play in pro football. The Vikings cratered to 6-10 overall, and Favre retired for good.