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Te'o getting closer to playing but won't go Sunday

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 06:23 p.m. HST, Sep 12, 2013

SAN DIEGO >> Two San Diego Chargers players didn't practice on Thursday in the team's preparations for the Philadelphia Eagles.

One of them will play Sunday; the other isn't expected to be ready.

Linebacker Manti Te'o is a longshot to be in uniform.

"He is going to start Week 7," teammate Donald Butler joked.

The team's second-round pick from Notre Dame hasn't practiced since spraining his right foot in his nine-play stint during an Aug. 8 preseason game.

But he is getting closer. He no longer wears a walking boot on his right foot and his running and change-of-direction movements have increased significantly when working on the side with trainer James Collins.

"We are making a lot of progress," said Te'o. "We will see about next week, but it is looking good so far. I'm getting that work in."

His contributions Sunday will be with his vocal cords.

"I will be the biggest cheerleader on the side," Te'o said. "I will be back soon."

The other Charger not working was defensive end Sean Lissemore. He had treatment for an infection near his elbow and was confident he would practice on Friday and play on Sunday. "I'm good to go," he said.

Lissemore is a backup but when facing the up-tempo Eagles, it's all hands on deck. Being able to insert reserves to give the starters a rest is critical this week.

"We will need everybody," Chargers defensive coordinator John Pagano said. "I think I may be ready to go in if I have to come off the sideline for a play here and there."

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paniolo wrote:
Maybe Manti should drink a lot of milk like Joey Iosefa. Different kind injury, but, at least Joey is ready to go.
on September 12,2013 | 03:26PM
allie wrote:
teo may be another pun bustaroono
on September 12,2013 | 04:23PM
localguy wrote:
He could care less. He is laughing all the way to the bank. Look how many college football players never make it to the NFL. He did. One point the NFL makes is NFL can stand for "Not For Long" as to how long you may play for them.
on September 12,2013 | 04:54PM
allie wrote:
He looks like a bust but yes, he can grab his salary for a year or two
on September 13,2013 | 06:51AM
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