Andrew Luck hoping to play right away in NFL

MICHAEL MAROT AP Sports Writer Published:

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Quarterback Andrew Luck says he's ready to start in the NFL next season.

Luck was in Indianapolis on Thursday to work out at the Gatorade Sports Science Institute. It won't be his last trip to Indy.

He'll return in three weeks for the NFL combine and perhaps for good after April's draft. Colts owner Jim Irsay has said he will use the No. 1 overall pick on a quarterback, especially with Peyton Manning's health still unresolved.

Manning's surgically-repaired neck sidelined him for the 2011 season, but he says he's making progress and has been throwing passes recently. Also, Irsay must pay a $28 million roster bonus by March 8 or risk losing Manning to free agency.

Luck says he could co-exist with Manning, but he wants to play right away.