The long journey of Manti T’eo’s attempt to become a rookie NFL starter has reached another roadblock as the Notre Dame linebacker was spotted in a walking boot on Saturday and will now be out for the next week as Bill Williamson, ESPN’s AFC West correspondent reported that Mike McCoy has shut down his rookie for the time being.
Chargers coach Mike McCoy said Saturday the middle linebacker will not practice for the next week and that T’eo won’t play at Chicago on Thursday night because of a sprained foot. Te’o was hurt Thursday night against Seattle and was spotted in the aforementioned walking boot on Saturday.
The injury is not considered serious which will be a relief for McCoy as the Chargers are relying on Te’o contributing right away this season. With that being said it is important that Te’o recovers and gets back on the field to play in the Chargers’ third preseason game against the Cardinals August 24.
With T’eo slotted to be a starter for the Chargers it will be important that the rookie plays in Week Three of the preseason, where the starters get the majority of their snaps to prepare for the season. T’eo is slated to start Week One against Seattle, but his injury status will now be a headache for Mike McCoy as he tries to prepare the rookie to play linebacker in the NFL with a whole week being robbed by T’eo being hampered by a walking boot and missing a game’s worth of preseason action on Thursday.