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Manti Te'o | Linebacker

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (23) / 1/26/1991
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 241
College: Notre Dame
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Chargers ILB Manti Te'o (foot surgery) has been cleared for individual drills.
Te'o went under the knife two weeks after the Chargers' playoff loss, but has been slow to recover. It appears he underwent more than a simple clean-up procedure. It's not outside the realm of possibility Te'o begins camp on the active/PUP list, but there's been nothing to suggest he won't be ready for Week 1. Jun 9 - 2:14 PM

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Chargers ILB Manti Te'o said his right foot affected him throughout his rookie season.

Te'o originally sprained his right foot early in training camp. He went on to appear in 15 games (including playoffs), but says he was "slowed" by the injury. Te'o underwent surgery two weeks after the Chargers' season ended and is still in the rehab process, suggesting something more than a simple sprain.
Apr 28 - 12:26 PM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o underwent right foot surgery earlier this month.

The procedure is related to the broken foot that cost Te'o most of training camp and the first three games of the season, but it's unclear what kind of operation he had performed. The fact that Te'o played on the foot for 15 games suggests it was likely just a clean-up procedure. Te'o should be back as a starter next season, but didn't have the looks of a future star as a rookie.
Jan 28 - 11:54 PM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o suffered a concussion in Sunday's Divisional Round game at Denver.

Te'o is obviously done for the day after the early-game brain injury. A second-round pick out of Notre Dame, Te'o wound up making 13 starts as a rookie, tallying 61 tackles and four pass breakups but no turnovers forced. Pro Football Focus graded him negatively versus the run but positively in coverage.
Jan 12 - 6:14 PM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o said he hasn't been bothered by "catcalls" from opposing fans during this rookie season.

Hobbled by preseason foot injury, Te'o has been solid but not spectacular while playing the majority of snaps. In 10 games, he has 46 tackles and four pass breakups, but no sacks, forced fumbles or interceptions. Te'o is PFF's No. 35 inside linebacker out of 54 qualifiers so far.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 09:06:00 AM

Making his NFL debut in Sunday's Week 4 win over the Cowboys, Manti Te'o (foot) had three tackles.

Te'o had not played in a game since hurting his foot way back in the preseason opener. He rotated with Reggie Walker at inside linebacker. Te'o won't be on the IDP radar unless he earns a true every-down role.
Mon, Sep 30, 2013 10:02:00 AM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o (foot) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice.

Te'o resumed practicing last week, but was ruled inactive for the third straight game. He's now on track to make his regular season debut Sunday against the Cowboys.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 04:21:00 PM

Chargers declared LB Manti Te'o, QB Brad Sorensen, S Brandon Taylor, CB Shareece Wright, LB Tourek Williams, OT D.J. Fluker, and WR Malcolm Floyd inactive for Week 3 against the Titans.

Te'o (foot) has yet to confirm his regular season existence.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 11:45:00 AM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o (foot) is listed as doubtful for Week 3.

In terms of regular season game participation, it's still unclear whether Te'o actually exists.
Fri, Sep 20, 2013 03:10:00 PM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o (foot) returned to practice Wednesday, as expected.

It's his first practice since suffering a foot injury in the Chargers' preseason opener. Te'o will immediately resume his starting job over Bront Bird when healthy. If he can avoid setbacks, Te'o has a chance to make his regular season debut Sunday against the Titans.
Wed, Sep 18, 2013 02:46:00 PM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o (foot) is expected to practice Wednesday.

It would be Te'o's first practice since suffering his injury way back on Aug. 8. Backup Bront Bird is tied for the team lead in tackles with 15, but only played six snaps in Week 2. Te'o will play plenty once healthy, but he did come off the field in a lot of subpackages during the preseason.
Tue, Sep 17, 2013 10:08:00 AM

Chargers declared ILB Manti Te'o (foot) inactive for Sunday's Week 2 game against the Eagles.

Te'o is reportedly not a candidate for injured reserve, but there is no timetable for his return. That leaves backup Bront Bird as an intriguing IDP plug-n-play in tackle-heavy formats. Bird had 14 tackles last week and will be playing a ton of snaps against the fastbreaking Eagles' run-heavy offense. The rest of the Chargers inactives: QB Brad Sorensen, WR Seyi Ajirotutu, SS Brandon Taylor, LB Terrell Manning, G Johnnie Troutman and DE Drake Nevis.
Sun, Sep 15, 2013 11:37:00 AM

Speaking Tuesday, Chargers coach Mike McCoy said there's "nothing new" on ILB Manti Te'o (foot), but that he's not a candidate for injured reserve.

It doesn't sound like the Chargers expect their rookie linebacker back any time soon. Sidelined since early August, it's quite possible Te'o is dealing with a Lisfranc issue, the most serious of foot sprains. Bront Bird is starting in his absence. Bird racked up 14 tackles in Monday's loss to the Texans.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 05:03:00 PM

Chargers declared ILB Manti Te'o (foot), WR Seyi Ajirotutu, S Brandon Taylor, QB Brad Sorensen, G Johnnie Troutman, OLB Tourek Williams, and DE Drake Nevis inactive for Monday night's Week 1 opener versus Houston.

Te'o has been sidelined with a sprained right foot for the past month. Bront Bird will start next to Donald Butler. Taylor is recovering from knee surgery.
Mon, Sep 9, 2013 09:01:00 PM

Chargers ILB Manti Te'o (foot) has been ruled out for Monday night's opener against the Texans.

Te'o has been shut down since August 8 and could be looking at missing multiple weeks. He'll be replaced by Bront Bird at inside linebacker.
Sat, Sep 7, 2013 03:56:00 PM

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