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Colts' head visits Favre's hometown

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

The 41-year-old Favre retired in the offseason after a 20-year career and lives in Hattiesburg. Irsay sent a tweet on Sunday 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 the quarterback in a few days, but the "last time I saw him he was on his tractor mowing the back forty."

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 227 consecutive games streak.

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

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 Washington, Painter managed only one first down and couldn't get the offense past its 29 despite playing the entire first half.

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 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 Green Bay 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.

He also was hounded with allegations that he sent lewd photos and messages to a game-day hostess when both worked for the Jets in 2008, and was fined $50,000 by the NFL for failing to cooperate with the investigation.

Favre retired with the Packers in 2008 and New York Jets in 2009 before deciding on a return.


Around the league

*Plaxico Burress caught three passes for 66 yards, including an over-the-shoulder 26-yarder for a touchdown, in his first game in nearly three years to help the New York Jets beat the Cincinnati Bengals 27-7 in a preseason game Sunday in East Rutherford, N.J. Former Bill Aaron Maybin had a sack and a tackle for the Jets.

*Tony Romo was sharp. Philip Rivers was sharper. And the most accurate guy of all was San Diego coach Norv Turner. Rivers (8 for 11, 92 yards, 1 TD) led San Diego to scores on two of three drives, then Turner helped his club score another touchdown with two successful challenges on a single series in the Chargers' 20-7 preseason road victory over Dallas. Romo was 8 of 12 for 58 yards, with a 6-yard TD pass to Jason Witten.

*Cam Newton will start Carolina's preseason game Thursday night against the Cincinnati Bengals and play the first three quarters, but coach Ron Rivera said that doesn't mean the rookie will start the season opener.

*Coach Mike Munchak said Matt Hasselbeck will be OK after the QB bit his tongue on a hit during the Titans' 17-16 loss Saturday at St. Louis.

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