Saturday, August 10, 2013
Manti Te'o suffers slight setback
By Bill Williamson
Manti Te'o's march to be in an instant NFL starter has taken a slight detour.
San Diego Chargers coach Mike McCoy said Saturday the middle linebacker will not practice for the next week -- and not play at Chicago on Thursday night -- because of a sprained foot. Te’o was hurt Thursday night against Seattle. He was in a walking boot Saturday.
The injury is not considered serious. It is important that Te’o, a second-round pick, recovers and gets back on the field to play in the Chargers’ third preseason game, Aug. 24 at Arizona. The third preseason game is the game where starters play the most. Te’o started against Seattle and is expected to start the season opener, Sept. 9 against Houston.
In other AFC West notes:
- Kansas City coach Andy Reid said No. 1 overall pick, right tackle Eric Fisher, will practice Sunday. He suffered a minor hand injury at New Orleans on Friday.
- Reid said Tyler Bray will remain the No. 3 quarterback in the Chiefs' second preseason game. Ricky Stanzi will remain the No. 4 quarterback. It is another sign that bray is leading the race.
- Max Starks rotated with King Dunlap at left tackle in San Diego on Saturday. Dunlap is still the favorite based on him having a better camp.
- Undrafted rookie running back Michael Hill was working with the Chargers' second team Saturday for this first time. Danny Woodhead is the main backup when healthy.