Can Brett Favre reach magical number 300?

Now that the Minnesota Vikings’ season was effectively ended Sunday with a 27-13 loss at Chicago that dropped them to 3-6, is Brett Favre considering shutting it down?

It’s hard to say. This much is now known: The man with an NFL record 294 consecutive starts is ailing again. This time his surgically repaired right shoulder is bothering him and you have to wonder if he’ll make it to 295 or even the magical 300.

Favre revealed to ESPN’s Ed Werder after Sunday’s loss that he has pain in his right shoulder that could be related to surgery he underwent before last season to repair a partially torn biceps tendon. Favre said he will have an MRI and he plans to consult with Dr. James Andrews, the man who has kept him together in recent years.

Favre felt a sharp pain putting a T-shirt on at practice on Saturday before the Vikings departed for Chicago and he considered taking a pain killer before the game. He told Werder he didn’t experience pain during the game, but he wondered if his arm strength was affected. He underthrew Percy Harvin on what would have been a touchdown. The Vikings got a 42-yard pass interference penalty on the play.

Favre is playing with two small fractures in his ankle and you have to wonder now if Vikings coach Brad Childress could turn to Tarvaris Jackson sooner rather than later.

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