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Colts’ Irsay fuels Favre hearsay

The Vikings quarterback Brett Favre leaves field after first half Bears 27-13 wover Vikings Soldier Field Chicago Sunday November 14

The Vikings quarterback Brett Favre leaves the field after the first half of the Bears 27-13 win over the Vikings at Soldier Field in Chicago on Sunday, November 14, 2010. | Jonathan Miano~Sun Times Media

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Updated: November 3, 2011 4:07PM



HATTIESBURG, Miss. — Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay posted on his Twitter account Sunday that he was in Brett Favre’s hometown, but the quarterback’s agent says he has not heard of any interest from the Colts.

Favre, 41, retired in the offseason after a 20-year career and lives in Hattiesburg. Irsay sent a tweet saying, “Brad, I’m in Hattiesburg . . . is it right or left at the Firechief?”

Favre’s longtime agent, Bus Cook, said he hadn’t spoken with Favre in a few days, but the “last time I saw him, he was on his tractor mowing the back 40.”

Through a spokesman, Colts general manager Chris Polian declined comment on Irsay’s tweet.

Though Favre has repeatedly said he’s retired during the offseason, any Colts interest would make some sense. Peyton Manning had neck surgery in May and hasn’t played in the preseason, casting doubt on his streak of 227 consecutive games.

That’s a scary proposition for the Colts, who have little experience behind him.

“I certainly want to be out there, and it’s hard to keep track of the hours I’ve spent in rehab,” Manning said Saturday. “I was short-changed a little bit by the lockout, and I’m going to need every bit of the next two weeks, and then I can give you more of an update with where I am.”

Curtis Painter has started both preseason games, completing 8 of 16 passes for 95 yards with no touchdowns and one interception. In Friday night’s 16-3 loss to the Washington Redskins, Painter had only one first down and couldn’t get the offense past its 29 despite playing the entire first half.

He hasn’t played in a regular-season game since 2009.

The only other quarterbacks on the roster are Dan Orlovsky, who has played in 13 games in six NFL seasons, and undrafted rookie Mike Hartline.

On Saturday, Irsay acknowledged on his Twitter feed that the Colts might not have their four-time MVP quarterback at the start of the season. Manning signed a five-year, $90 million contract in July after the 4½-month lockout ended.

Favre is a three-time MVP and has thrown for more than 71,000 yards and 500 touchdowns, winning a Super Bowl with the Packers along the way. But the famous gunslinger began to show some serious wear in 2010 with the Minnesota Vikings, throwing for 2,509 yards, 11 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in an injury-plagued season.

AP



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