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Caldwell wouldn’t say which tack he thought Irsay took over the weekend.

Is it possible they could sign Favre, putting two of the NFL’s greatest quarterbacks on the same roster? Sure, though no indication it will happen.

Favre’s agent, Bus Cook, has repeatedly said his client would not come back for a 21st NFL season. On Sunday, Cook denied there had been any contact between the Colts and Favre. In an e-mail to The Associated Press on Monday, Cook said he was “not aware” of anything new on the Colts-Favre front.

In the locker room, players reacted with more amusement than contemplation to the rumors.

Painter seemed content to go about the business of running the Colts against one of Favre’s old teams, Green Bay, on Friday night. Tight end Dallas Clark and receivers Pierre Garcon, Anthony Gonzalez and Blair White all expressed confidence in Painter. Even kicker Adam Vinatieri, who wears Favre’s trademark No. 4, wound up talking about Favre.

“Most things in life are for sale, but it’s like I told them, we’ll cross that bridge when we come to it,” Vinatieri said, jokingly referring to the possibility of giving up his number to Favre.

The most serious question for the Colts is when they’ll get Manning back.

Manning has started all 208 regular-season games in his career and 19 in the playoffs. His streak of 227 consecutive starts is No. 2 all-time among quarterbacks, trailing only Favre. The only other time his streak was in jeopardy was 2008 when he missed all of training camp and all of the preseason after undergoing surgery twice to remove an infected bursa sac from his left knee.

He struggled early that season before going on to win his third MVP Award.

Those who know Manning think it’s all chatter.

At halftime of Sunday night’s preseason game between Dallas and San Diego, former Colts coach Tony Dungy said the only way Manning would miss the Sept. 11 season opener at Houston is if he were “dead.”

Most of Manning’s teammates agree with Dungy.

“Our triggerman will be back and he’s going to be ready to go,” Pro Bowl defensive end Robert Mathis said when asked about the season opener. “There’s no doubt in my mind.”