American Football: Favre's 18-year run of starts ends

Brett Favre's record of consecutive NFL starts came to a halt at 297 late on Monday night when he failed to run out for the Minnesota Vikings against the New York Giants. His side subsequently fell to a 21-3 defeat.

Favre's streak, dating back to 1992, ended because of a right shoulder injury the quarterback sustained in Minnesota's win against Buffalo last week.

It was 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 roof of the Vikings' Metrodome stadium collapsed under the weight of snowfall that had hit Minneapolis over the weekend.

That forced the game to be moved to Ford Field – home of the Detroit Lions – but it was not enough time to allow the 41-year-old Favre to recover.