Rookie linebacker Manti Te’o has been ruled out of Monday night’s opener against Houston Texans with what the team has called a sprained right foot.
Te’o hasn’t practiced since hurting his foot in the exhibition opener against the Seattle Seahawks on August 8th. Teo has been walking around in a walking boot ever since that game and he does not look like he will be in uniform any time soon.
The Chargers will replace Teo with first year linebacker Bront Bird, and the team also has many other players that will be missing this season opener including wide receiver Malcolm Floyd, who is out with a hampered knee injury.
Cornerback Johnny Patrick is out with a concussion, and defensive end Corey Liuget, wide receiver Eddie Royal, safety Brandon Taylor, and cornerback Shareece Wright all out with various nagging injuries.
With all of these injuries, can the Chargers fill these wholes enough to keep up with the Houston Texans high powered offense? That will be determined on Monday night, but these injuries, other than Teo and Floyd, look to be significant.
The entire Charger nation and also the entire world are waiting for Manti Teo to make his season debut, when that will actual happen is still the mystery question. I guess the good thing is that he was listed as doubtful, so that says there was a chance he could have made it on the field. Perhaps next week he will progress and return to practice.