Snow delays Giants, helps Brett Favre and Vikings
Charter flight can't land in Minneapolis, routed to Kansas City
Seattle Times news services
MINNEAPOLIS — Brett Favre has got to love this snowstorm. His ailing shoulder has been given another day to heal.
The Giants-Vikings game was moved to Monday night because Minnesota had at least 15 inches of snow and wind gusting more than 30 mph and the New York team was waiting it out in Kansas City.
The delay gives Favre, the Vikings' 41-year-old bionic quarterback, another day to rest his sprained throwing shoulder. Favre is aiming to make his NFL-record 298th consecutive start, but he has barely practiced all week. He's listed as questionable for the game.
With more than a foot of blowing snow falling in the Twin Cities area throughout Saturday, the Giants' charter flight was diverted to Kansas City. After hanging out in the terminal for a bit, the team then settled in to spend the night there, with an initial plan in place to fly to Minnesota on Sunday morning.
The decision to delay the game was made by NFL executives on Saturday night after they initially said they planned to have the game remain a 10 a.m. PST kickoff Sunday. A primary issue was the amount of snow on the roof of Mall of America Field at the Metrodome.
Steve Maki, director of facilities and engineering for the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, said the seven workers who were trying to remove snow from the roof Saturday night were told to come down because of the high winds.
"There is no structural issue occurring but we have a pretty heavy snow load up there and the way the wind was blowing it was getting really nasty for our crews so we pulled them down and we're going to have them back up there tomorrow morning to remove the snow."
travel with Chiefs
Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel didn't travel to San Diego on Saturday and is out for the Chiefs' game against the Chargers.
Cassel, having the finest year of his career for the AFC West-leading Chiefs (8-4), underwent an emergency appendectomy Wednesday morning.
• Broncos rookie cornerback Perrish Cox has traveled to Phoenix with his teammates but his playing status for Sunday remains up in the air two days after his arrest for investigation of sexual assault.
• Brian Hartline's season is over as the Dolphins placed their leading deep threat on injured reserve with a broken finger.
• RB Jamaal Charles has signed a new contract with the Chiefs. ESPN.com reported the new deal is for five years and $32.5 million, including $13 million guaranteed. Charles leads the Chiefs with 1,137 rushing yards and leads the NFL at 6.2 yards per carry.
• The Redskins have filled Albert Haynesworth's roster spot by promoting offensive lineman Erik Cook from the practice squad.
• The Broncos have signed free-agent kicker Steven Hauschka and waived offensive lineman Stanley Daniels.
• Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel and tackle Winston Justice, both with knee injuries, were ruled out for Sunday.
• The Lions placed linebacker Isaiah Ekejiuba (knee) on injured reserve and signed offensive tackle Tony Ugoh to fill the roster spot.
• Panthers starting weakside linebacker Jason Williams has been ruled out of Carolina's game with a knee injury.