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Te’o still not practicing, putting opener in doubt

Manti Te'o AP

Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o still isn’t practicing, but he’s gearing up his workouts in hopes of having a chance to play in Monday’s opener against the Texans.

According to Tom Krasovic of U-T San Diego, Te’o was running with resistance on the sidelines yesterday, the most vigorous work he’s done in front of reporters since injuring his right foot in the preseason opener, after just nine snaps of game action.

“But if I get a chance to go out there,” he said, “I’ll take advantage of my opportunity.”

More likely, the Chargers will rely on Bront Bird to start there, and try to get recent acquisitions Terrell Manning and Reggie Walker up to speed.

Of course, in the time off, Te’o has also been able to work with the locals on the pronunciation of his name.

Folks in San Diego want to make it tay-OW, for a very conditioned reason.

“Over here, they try to rhyme it with [Junior] Seau. TAY-ow. SAY-ow,” he said. “I guess it’s a hard name to say.”

He’s trying to work himself back so that announcers have to work on it sooner rather than later.

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11 Responses to “Te’o still not practicing, putting opener in doubt”
  1. tahnoonzee says: Sep 5, 2013 7:01 AM

    Defensive Player Rookie of the Year!

  2. jharmon64 says: Sep 5, 2013 7:01 AM

    No mention of what his injury is.

  3. souldogdave says: Sep 5, 2013 7:31 AM

    He is a whiff. Why doesn’t this surprise me?

  4. ctiggs says: Sep 5, 2013 9:33 AM

    His girlfriend is tougher than he is.

  5. schmitty2 says: Sep 5, 2013 9:42 AM

    This picture looks like the same reaction he probably had when he found out his girlfriend wasn’t real.

  6. barbeaux says: Sep 5, 2013 9:46 AM

    I wouldn’t ever play again either had I been on the losing end of that beat down by Alabama. That was utter destruction.

  7. doctormantistoboggan says: Sep 5, 2013 9:50 AM

    life will be different this year for him in a lot of ways….not playing 4 service academies before Xmas and having to interact with real people

  8. sillec28 says: Sep 5, 2013 12:04 PM

    Vastly over-rated player who looked good against many of the second-rate teams on ND’s schedule but was completely shown up by Alabama.

  9. JSpicoli says: Sep 5, 2013 12:24 PM

    This guy has car salesman written all over him.

    1-2 years tops

  10. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 5, 2013 5:01 PM

    B-U-S-T

  11. raiderapologist says: Sep 5, 2013 9:48 PM

    He’s going to miss the first loss of the season? Choo choo.

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