POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Aug 13, 2013
SAN DIEGO >> Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o said Monday his sprained right foot is getting better.
The Laie native was hurt in Thursday night’s exhibition loss to Seattle. San Diego coach Mike McCoy said Te’o will be out this week, including Thursday night’s game at Chicago.
“I just stepped a little wrong. I just felt something at the end of the game, so I went to get it checked,” Te’o said. “When you’re in the middle of the game, you don’t really think about what’s going on.”
Te’o played in two series and didn’t have a tackle.
“I did all right. I didn’t do as well as I wanted to, but I think I did all right,” he said. “It was my first time out there. It was OK. ... It was good to get the first-game jitters out and now I can relax and just realize that it’s just football. As rookies, when you first get out there, no matter how much you try to relax, it’s something you’ve worked your whole life and to not be nervous is kind of impossible.”
Te’o said it’ll be disappointing missing the Bears game since it’s so close to Notre Dame.
“Anytime I don’t get to play it’s very disappointing, especially playing in Chicago and knowing a lot of people there, with Notre Dame being right there,” he said. “It was definitely something I was looking forward to, but thankfully coach McCoy allowed me to go, so I’ll still be there. I just won’t be able to play.”