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Manti Te’o had foot surgery

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Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o’s first NFL season started with a preseason foot injury that kept him out of the first three games of the season.

Te’o didn’t miss any more time over the course of the season, but his right foot wasn’t completely healed by the time the year came to an end. Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports that the Chargers confirmed that Te’o had recent surgery on the right foot.

The team was responding to pictures posted on an Instagram account purporting to belong to Te’o that posted a picture of an x-ray that, per Gehlken, “appears to show a surgically-mended stress fracture of the third metatarsal” and another of a foot in a cast. The team did not confirm that Te’o is the actual owner of that account when confirming the message sent by the pictures.

There’s no word on Te’o’s timetable for a return to activity, but the fact that he played the final 13 regular season games and both playoff games suggests that the surgery was more routine cleanup than something that will seriously threaten his availability for offseason work.

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14 Responses to “Manti Te’o had foot surgery”
  1. canetic says: Jan 29, 2014 7:14 AM

    You would think that he would have learned to avoid social media by now.

  2. learysdisciples says: Jan 29, 2014 7:27 AM

    This ought to be good.

  3. tampabayirish says: Jan 29, 2014 7:31 AM

    The surgery may help explain his level of play in the handful of games that I saw him play. Seemed like he was always late to the play. He never made any splash plays, unlike his days in South Bend. Get well Manti.

  4. usdcoyotesfan says: Jan 29, 2014 7:41 AM

    How much longer until he learns that this injury was a phantom?

  5. tundratommy says: Jan 29, 2014 7:48 AM

    But was the surgery on a real foot?

  6. lgbarn says: Jan 29, 2014 7:55 AM

    Did anyone catch a glimpse of his girlfriend while he was in recovery?

  7. ctiggs says: Jan 29, 2014 8:00 AM

    I’m sorry babe for stepping on your foot in high heels.

    - Lennay

  8. ariani1985 says: Jan 29, 2014 8:28 AM

    Fake surgery?

  9. natijim235 says: Jan 29, 2014 9:01 AM

    you have to wonder what his girlfriend had to say?

  10. ctiggs says: Jan 29, 2014 9:08 AM

    I’m sorry babe for stepping on your foot in high heels.

    - Lennay

  11. whysomanylosers says: Jan 29, 2014 10:13 AM

    Manti – stay off the interweb.

  12. metalhead65 says: Jan 29, 2014 10:14 AM

    between his girlfriend and dame disciples he should be back on the field having little impact in no time!

  13. jbaxt says: Jan 29, 2014 10:24 AM

    Is the physician real? Or a close family friend of his dead girlfriend?

    The guy is horrible!

  14. joetoronto says: Jan 29, 2014 10:31 AM

    Now the loser comes up with this lame excuse to try and cover up his abysmal play, and some people actually believe him.

    Bust, plain and simple.

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