Ryan Grigson on Andrew Luck: ‘He’s fine. He’s fine. He’s fine.’

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 20, 2016) – It was a day for Indianapolis Colts general manager Ryan Grigson to discuss the April 28-30 draft, but there was a bit of unfinished business regarding the franchise’s most important player.

While meeting with the media Monday, quarterback Andrew Luck indicated he’s still recovering from injuries sustained during the 2015 season. He missed nine games with a lacerated kidney and issues to his right shoulder, ribs and abdomen.

Grigson was armed and ready during his pre-draft meeting with the local media Wednesday. When someone asked about Luck’s comments, he quickly stepped in.

“Let me cut you off,’’ Grigson said. “He’s fine. Alright? He’s fine. He’s fine. He’s fine.

“We had a process that he was to follow in the offseason. Coach, myself, Mr. Irsay was privy to it. He is just meticulously, in an Andrew Luck-type way, going through his rehab and strengthening program to a T. He’s going to be fine.’’

That didn’t seem to be the case earlier in the week. While Luck indicated the kidney has fully healed, he was less clear regarding other body parts.

Initially, he said “I feel good. I feel like rolling around, running around and having fun.’’

However, Luck raised a few red flags when asked if he’ll be limited when the Colts’ offseason work incorporates throwing in the coming weeks.

“I don’t have to answer that question now because we’re not on the field,’’ he said with a chuckle. “I wish I had a crystal ball and had all the answers for you.’’

Perhaps Grigson’s comments will quiet the noise.

In regards to the upcoming draft, Grigson dealt more in generalities than specifics. The Colts hold six picks in the selection process, including the 18th overall pick. They traded their sixth-rounder to Oakland for linebacker Sio Moore.

What was evident is the Colts’ main objective in every round will be to grab the best player available. To do otherwise – to let a pressing need influence the process – would be counterproductive.

“It think it’s weak, no matter what your needs are, to look at your board and see Player A here (holding one hand up high) and then you have Player B, C and D down here (holding the other hand low) and you go ‘Well, we have to get a need,’’’ Grigson said. “That defies the whole process.

“I think it breaks the trust and the morale of your scouts and all the guys that spend all that time stacking your board with you. And all the coaches that went and worked guys out and went through this exhaustive process.’’

So, the Colts will take the best player available?

“I mean, yeah, pretty much,’’ Grigson said.

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