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Irsay hints at the five-letter “F” word

Jim Irsay

Jim Irsay, owner of the Indianapolis Colts, talks with the media while arriving at the NFL football owners meetings in Indianapolis, Tuesday, May 24, 2011. (AP Photo/AJ Mast)


The Colts typically protects information like a fat kid guards his Twinkies. With the exception of the owner.

Jim Irsay has a Twitter account. And he likes to use it. On Saturday, he created a stir by suggesting that the Colts may not have quarterback Peyton Manning, who is recovering from neck surgery, at the start of the season.

Now, Irsay is raising eyebrows by musing about the possibility of adding a certain 41-year-old quarterback to the roster: “Brad, I’m in Hattiesburg ... is it right or left at the Firechief?”

The fact that Irsay got Brett Favre’s first name wrong seems to confirm that it was all a joke. (Unless, as a reader points out, Irsay was referring to former Vikings coach Brad Childress, who twice lured Favre out of Mississippi.) But it was enough to get the Associated Press to notice the tweet -- and to contact Favre’s agent. Bus Cook said that he hasn’t spoken with Favre in the past few days, and the “last time I saw him he was on his tractor mowing the back forty.”

Meanwhile, Manning acknowledged on Saturday that his status is still up in the air.

“I certainly want to be out there, and it’s hard to keep track of the hours I’ve spent in rehab,” Manning said. “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.”

Peter King and Tony Dungy of Football Night in America will share their views as to where Manning is during Sunday night’s Chargers-Cowboys game on NBC. Tune in at halftime to see the King and I at our new position, behind a standing desk.

If the desk were only a few inches higher, pants would remain optional.