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Favre clears initial post-concussion tests, still unlikely to play

Don't count out Brett Favre just yet, although his coach admits it would "tough" to see the 41-year-old quarterback playing Sunday.

Favre passed preliminary post-concussion tests, ESPN reported Saturday, but Minnesota Vikings interim coach Leslie Frazier told the network it's unlikely the quarterback will play in the season finale against the Detroit Lions.

Frazier wouldn't specify Favre's status in the NFL's medical protocol for concussed players, but he told ESPN: "I don't think he's going to make it. It's going to be tough."

Frazier said Favre, officially listed as doubtful against the Lions, hasn't been medically cleared to play and still must undergo additional on-field testing in Sunday's pregame warmups.

Favre suffered the head injury during a Dec. 20 game against the Chicago Bears and missed Tuesday night's meeting with the Philadelphia Eagles because of it, the second time in three weeks that he sat out after his NFL-record consecutive starts streak ended.

If Favre can't go against Detroit, rookie quarterback Joe Webb is prepared to make his second career start for Minnesota.

While Favre watched from the sideline, Webb helped the Vikings upset the playoff-bound Eagles, completing 17 of 26 passes for 195 yards and running for 31 yards and a touchdown, without any turnovers, in a 24-14 victory.

Favre didn't speak to reporters this week, but Frazier on Friday described the quarterback's attitude as positive. As teammates stretched and warmed up before practice that day, Favre did a little dancing on the side while music by Michael Jackson and Vanilla Ice blared on the speakers. Favre wore his red non-contact jersey, but he didn't have a helmet on and didn't participate in any drills.

Favre has started in 13 games for the Vikings this season, passing for 2,509 yards and 11 touchdowns with 19 interceptions and five lost fumbles during a problematic campaign that has yielded a 69.9 rating in his 20th -- and, he claims for now, final -- season.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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