INDIANAPOLIS — Andrew Luck is willing to learn from Peyton Manning. He just wants everyone to know he's ready to play next season, too.
The Stanford quarterback said Thursday he could co-exist as Manning's teammate even though his preference would be to play immediately.
"I think every competitor wants to play, every down, every play," Luck said when asked about starting as an NFL rookie. "So, of course, who wouldn't want to start?"
Luck spent less than 24 hours in Indianapolis, going through a battery of physical tests and learning the intricacies of nutrition at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. Colts owner Jim Irsay has already said he intends to take Manning's successor with the No. 1 overall pick in April's draft, and it looks like a two-man race between Luck and Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.
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■ The Colts hired Greg Manusky as defensive coordinator Thursday.
Loan approved for new 49ers stadium
INDIANAPOLIS — NFL owners approved a $200 million loan Thursday to help the San Francisco 49ers build a stadium south of Santa Clara. The team plans to bid for future Super Bowls for the 68,000-seat stadium, which will be built adjacent to the 49ers' facility. "It's huge," 49ers CEO Jed York said of the league's approval. "We've been at this since 1997. We'll have shovels in the ground soon."
The 49ers' Candlestick Park lease with the city of San Francisco runs through 2014.
Packers promote Clements to OC
GREEN BAY, Wis. — The Green Bay Packers didn't have to look far to find their new offensive coordinator, promoting quarterbacks coach Tom Clements to replace Joe Philbin.
Clements has coached the Packers' quarterbacks since 2006, Mike McCarthy's first year in Green Bay. Philbin left to become the Miami Dolphins' head coach last month.
The offensive-minded McCarthy calls his own plays, but relies on his offensive coordinator to plan during the week and help make adjustments during games. Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers has gone out of his way to credit Clements for helping his development.