Remember when Manti Te’o was a big deal?
It’s been months and months since Te’o was in the spotlight, and that disappearance was helped by an injury early in the preseason during his rookie campaign with the San Diego Chargers. However, it appears as if Te’o will be returning to the field sooner than later.
According to a published report from Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune, Te’o is expected to practice on Wednesday for the first time since he exited San Diego’s first preseason game with a foot injury. This is incredibly encouraging for both Te’o and the Chargers, who spent a 2nd-round pick on the former Notre Dame star in the hopes that he could start as a rookie.
Until Te’o actually sees the field in practice, we won’t know how crisp he looks on the injured foot. My summation is that San Diego, and head coach Mike McCoy, will need to see near-game speed from Te’o in order to start him in Week 3, and that doesn’t seem incredibly likely. Either way, it seems as if he is on his way toward the regular season playing field, and we can now return to creating a spectacle surround his every move.