For a guy who entered the NFL as a bit of a sideshow, Manti Te’o had become a very solid player for the Chargers.
But at least for this season, that’s over.
According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, MRIs confirmed the Chargers linebacker suffered a torn Achilles and will be out for the season.
Te’o, their 2013 second-round pick, is in the final year of his rookie contract, and will now enter the market while rehabbing a serious injury. But it also leaves yet another hole for the Chargers, who are losing not just a player but someone who had become a leader.
After losing Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead and Stevie Johnson, the Chargers are rapidly running out of difference-makers on the field, and are 1-2 after yesterday’s loss to the Colts.