DETROIT — Brett Favre's record consecutive starts streak ended at 297 on Monday when he did not suit up for the Minnesota Vikings' game against the New York Giants.
The streak, dating back to 1992, ended because of a right shoulder injury on Minnesota's first series Dec. 5 against Buffalo.
Jeff Anderson, a Vikings spokesman, said the 41-year-old Favre was inactive.
The Vikings hoped Favre, who has started despite a broken foot and elbow tendinitis this season, could do it again when the Giants game was delayed from Sunday after the Metrodome roof collapsed. That forced the game to be moved to Ford Field, but it was not enough time for Favre to get healthy enough to play.
The quarterback was injured when the Bills' Arthur Moats hit him square in the back and sent him to the turf on the third play from scrimmage. The day after, the rookie linebacker said he had mixed emotions about perhaps being the player who ended Favre's streak.
"I don't want to see anybody hurting and not playing any more. If he plays, that would be a good thing," Moats said. "But if he doesn't, and I was the guy to end the streak, all right. That's a little notable, yeah."
Tarvaris Jackson will start for Minnesota, which at 5-7 is a long shot to make the playoffs.
Season No. 20 has been one of Favre's toughest. He's taken a beating on the field and played not only through two fractures in his left foot and elbow tendinitis but 10 stitches in his chin and aches in his neck, back and calf before he was crunched by Moats.
Favre has thrown a league-high 18 interceptions and his 69.6 QB rating is 29th in the league.
He's also been the subject of an NFL investigation into allegations he sent inappropriate messages and photos to a game-day hostess when both worked for the New York Jets in 2008. The investigation has lasted for more than two months now, and the lawyer for Jenn Sterger was vocal last week in trying to get a ruling announced.