So when did the Colts suddenly end up at Valley Ranch?

Twitter chatter, quarterback rumors, owners traveling to the deep South looking for a new signal caller. Jerry Jones, enter stage left.

Its a bit of drama and attention that is often squelched around the 56th Street complex but thanks to a series of messages from owner Jim Irsay on Twitter, the place is a buzz with chatter.

Peyton Manning out? Brett Favre in? All seemed possible @jimirsay.

At least in the locker room, where the infamous "Brad, I'm in Hattiesburg" tweet found a way to slip past a crafty Colts veteran.

"I don't know what anyone's talking about...I dont' know what he's talking about to be honest with you," said defensive end Robert Mathis of the tweet that implied that Irsay was in Brett Favre's hometown-looking possibly for a replacement for Manning as he recovered from an injured neck.

The need for a veteran started with Irsay as well, when he tweeted that the Colts must be ready in case Manning couldn't make it for the September 11th opener against the Texans. Manning himself added further fuel to the fire when he confirmed Saturday at his Peyback Classic high school football event at Lucas Oil Stadium that he would miss the preseason.

"I'm a little behind schedule due to the lockout and I'm going to need every bit of the next two weeks," said Manning.

That in part triggered this response from former Colts head coach Tony Dungy, when he was asked if Manning would play in the opener on NBC's "Sunday Night NFL": "Unless he's dead, he'll be up under center for the opening game."

For the first time since a weekend of attention, the Colts players were able to address the ever fluid status of their quarterback position, trying as best the could to temper the anticipation.

"That's not my decision, everybodys got to worry about their job," said tight end Dallas Clark, when asked if the Colts would pursue a veteran quarterback. "We've got people who make those kind of decisions and whoevers in this locker room come opening day, that's who we play with.

"So that's where I leave it at."

Caught in the crossfire of the tweets and the talk is the official backup Curtis Painter, who has been average in his first two preseason games and has only led the team on one scoring drive. He was aware of Irsay's tweet over the weekend, but tried to brush it off as he has with criticism throughout the preseason.

"I try not to pay any attention to it, my focus it to kinda improve myself and get better for myself and put myself in a position," said Painter about Irsay's tweet that the team could look for backup veteran help. "That really doesn't change my mindset if there's three other quarterbacks that are already here."

That includes himself, Dan Orlovsky and rookie Mike Hartline who for now are the team's options should Manning not be able to go on September 11th. On Monday Jim Caldwell continued to express faith in Painter, saying he needs to improve consistency but has shown signs that he has ability.

As far as Irsay's tweet, Caldwell says he's trying to keep his mind on the guys he has right now.

"I think as you can tell by the mode we've been for the last three weeks or so, I think our personnel department is always looking to see where there can be some improvement, not necessarily any particular position but all across the board," said Caldwell. "We're always looking to make ourselves a better football team but also believe, obviously, that we're working hard to trying to get the guys that we have to perform better.

"That's the key."