Is Peyton Manning eyeing a return this season?

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Is Peyton Manning eyeing a return this season?

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP)Colts owner Jim Irsay says there is an outside chance Peyton Manning might return in December.

Irsay used Twitter on Monday to update Colts fans on Mannings status after remarks he made during a private breakfast with Super Bowl donors.

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Team spokesman Avis Roper says Mannings status has not changed and the franchise quarterback has not been placed on season-ending injured reserve.

A few minutes later, Irsay wrote this: I didnt say Peyton out 4season FOR SURE,keeping him on ActiveRoster n taking it month by monthOutside chance of return n December possible. The final regular-season game is Jan. 1.

Manning has missed all three games this season after his third neck surgery in 19 months, and the Colts are off to an 0-3 start without the leagues four-time MVP.

Manning has been at Colts practices and was in the coaches box during Sunday nights loss to Pittsburgh. He had started 227 consecutive games, including the playoffs, before missing the season-opener.

Manning had neck surgery Sept. 8. The Colts have not discussed his recovery in detail, but he was expected to miss at least two months after having an anterior fusion to treat a nerve injury that was causing weakness in his triceps. The procedure normally involves making an incision in the front of the neck, removing soft disk tissue between the vertebrae and fusing the bones together with a graft. The goal is to ease pain or address a disk problem.

Some doctors have said the recovery can take four months or longer, which could keep Manning out all season.

Manning also had surgery May 23, but that did not fix the problem.

The Colts brought Kerry Collins out of retirement to replace Manning in the starting lineup but he has struggled and left the Steelers game to be evaluated for a possible concussion.

Curtis Painter took over in the fourth quarter and took the Colts 80 yards for their most meaningful offensive touchdown of the season, a 6-yard run from Joseph Addai. Painter went 5 of 11 for 60 yards with a 62.7 rating.

The poor start by Collins has led to speculation that the Colts might try to find another veteran to step inmaybe former Jacksonville quarterback David Garrard or retired Bengals quarterback Carson Palmer.

A few fed-up fans have even suggested the Colts tank the season so they can draft Mannings eventual heir in April. Theyre hoping to get Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck.

Cubs make it official: Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod extended

Cubs make it official: Jed Hoyer, Jason McLeod extended

It was no secret after Theo Epstein's contract extension on Wednesday, but the Cubs officially extended general manager Jed Hoyer and senior vice president of scouting and player development Jason McLeod on Friday.

The new contracts run through the 2021 season.

Both Hoyer and McLeod joined the Cubs on Nov. 1, 2011. The team is set for its second straight postseason appearance this October.

CSN Chicago's Cubs Insider Patrick Mooney had more on Epstein keeping the band together when Epstein's deal was first announced on Wednesday.

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 4

Fantasy Football Start/Sit: Week 4

Sometimes in fantasy football you have to go out on a limb.

As injuries have decimated most of our rosters in just three short weeks, now is the time to really scour the waiver wire in an attempt to use the plug and play strategy because of a juicy matchup. That is exactly what we're doing this week.

If you have any questions, hit us up on @CSNFantasy and tune in to our weekly Fantasy Fix Facebook Live shows every Thursday.

Let's get right into the Week 4 Start/Sit and as always, Liam Neeson has a message for you:

START

Brian Hoyer, QB, CHI (vs. DET) - I understand that I'm going to get criticism for this one, but I'm confident I'll be the one laughing come Sunday afternoon. In his first start in a Bears uniform, Hoyer tossed two touchdowns and threw for 317 yards. This week he draws the league's worst pass defense in what I believe will be quite the shootout at Solder Field. Hoyer shouldn't have any difficulties finishing in the 15-20-point range against the Lions. (Scott Krinch)

Terrelle Pryor, WR, CLE (@ WSH) - Man do I wish I drafted Pryor in all of my leagues. The 27-year-old converted quarterback put on a show in Week 3, finishing with 144 receiving yards, 21 rushing yards, 35 passing yards and a touchdown. His 14 receiving targets were also led Cleveland. With no Corey Coleman or Josh Gordon, Pryor is entrenched as the Browns No. 1 wide receiver as he gears up for a matchup with a Redskins defense which ranks 28th against opposing fantasy wideouts. (Krinch)

Charles Sims, RB, TB (vs. DEN) - Sims may not do anything to help the Buccaneers pull off an upset victory on Sunday, but he'll definitely give your fantasy team a major boost. Expect Sims to load up on dump off receptions as the Broncos defense gives Jameis Winston fits in Week 4. With no Doug Martin once again, Sims needs to be in all of your fantasy lineups. (Krinch)

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SIT

Jerick McKinnon, RB, MIN (vs. NYG) - Benching the No. 1 fantasy quarterback this week is a risk that I believe will pay off. Ryan has feasted on the likes of the Buccaneers, Raiders and Saints (three of the worst defenses in the NFL). This week Ryan draws a Panthers defense which is coming off an embarrassing home loss to the Vikings. It's a stiff test for Ryan which I believe he will fail. (Krinch)

Matt Ryan, QB, ATL (vs. CAR) - In his first start of the season, McKinnon rushed for just 45 yards and 16 carries, and was virtually non existent in the passing game with one catch. I envision more of the same in Week 4 as it will be tough sledding for McKinnon against a Giants defense which is only allowing 3.2 yards per carry. (Krinch)

Tajae Sharpe, WR, TEN (@ HOU) - Sharpe was the flavor of the week after bursting onto the scene in his NFL debut in Week 1, but since then he's compiled just seven total receptions for 81 yards and has yet to find the end zone. Sharpe is merely a boom or bust play this week as the Texans have allowed the fifth-fewest receptions to opposing wide receivers in 2016. (Krinch)