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Colts, Richie Incognito sound like long shot

9/3/2014

INDIANAPOLIS -- Colts general manager Ryan Grigson was on WFNI 1070 AM radio station in Indianapolis on Tuesday afternoon.

One of the questions host Dan Dakich asked him was about guard Richie Incognito. Colts coach Chuck Pagano didn’t rule out the possibility of them having interest in Incognito last week.

Grigson didn’t rule it out, either, but he’s definitely not high on the list of priorities for the Colts.

“Richie was a guy that I scouted coming out,” Grigson said on the radio show. “The guy can definitely play football and we’ve looked at everybody, regardless of any incidents. ... We look at everyone and we check off all the boxes and if we feel like they are a fit for us economically, in the locker room and most importantly on the field then we will take a stab. As of right now, guard is not the pressing issue. I will never say never because then I lose credibility. I will never say never.”

Tackle is a more pressing issue for the Colts because both of their backups at that position are out with injuries. Joe Reitz will miss several weeks with a sprained ankle and Xavier Nixon, who had a difficult time walking in training camp, was placed on Injured Reserve/Designated for Return on Tuesday.

The Colts signed offensive tackle Jamon Meredith to back up Anthony Castonzo and Gosder Cherilus. Rookie Jack Mewhort played tackle at Ohio State and Hugh Thornton also played some tackle while in college at Illinois.

“All hands on deck,” coach Chuck Pagano said.

Here’s what Grigson said about the signing of center A.Q. Shipley, who may end being the Colts’ starting center against Denver on Sunday:

“He’s an easy one just because of familiarity and we know what he can do and what he’s capable of. He played good snaps for us. He was on the street for a year, when we brought him in. I was kind of reunited with him from when we had in him in Philly. I always knew he could play ball. Things actually worked out I thought well for him. The fact that he went from a guy who went out there, didn’t have a job for a year to a team coming off a Super Bowl victory (Ravens) giving a draft pick for him. He goes and starts eight games at (guard) which really helps his marketability in the future, playing eight games at guard when I really think he’s a heck of a center.

“I don’t think it could have happened any better for him and then we are in a spot now where’s the some question and we are waiting for guys to get back. With A.Q., we know physically what he can do. We know how he fits for the coaches in the room. He’s great from that standpoint. He’s extremely smart. He’s a 40-Wonderlic score which is way up there. That’s almost NASA like. He’s got all the components you need for that position and the leadership too, so we are happy to have him.”