MINNEAPOLIS - Brett Favre talked his way back into the starting lineup, hoping a snowy Monday night game would be just the setting he needed.
Instead, his surprising return ended all too quickly. A head injury forced him out of the game and may have finished his career, too.
Favre shrugged off a sprained right shoulder to start the game on Monday night, receiving a thunderous ovation from the crowd when he was introduced. But Bears defensive end Corey Wootton slammed Minnesota's 41-year-old quarterback to the ground in the second quarter, and Favre watched the rest of a 40-14 loss from the bench.
Favre's helmet bounced against the frigid turf, and he stayed motionless for a few seconds before slowly rising and walking off with his head hung down. Favre's face was streaked with material from the artificial surface and he appeared dazed as he put on a jacket on the sideline.
He was 5 for 7 for 63 yards with a 23-yard TD pass to Percy Harvin and an interception in the game in a career that appears to be just a few games from its conclusion. Favre has said several times this year that this will be his last season, and only two games remain.
Favre wasn't supposed to even suit up at all, after being declared out Saturday on the official injury report. But the Vikings upgraded him to questionable Monday after he woke up feeling better and wanted to give it a try.
He came out for warmups wearing a black ski mask, and after making some throws with flakes falling around him, he was announced as the starter. Favre had his NFL-record starts streak end at 297 games last week against the Giants.
The Vikings and Bears played at the University of Minnesota's outdoor stadium because the Metrodome's roof collapsed last weekend after a heavy snowstorm. Without heating coils underneath the artificial surface, players openly worried about the condition of the field while the NFL and stadium officials declared it safe for competition.