Chargers' Te'o begins process back to field

September, 18, 2013
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There was a Manti Te'o sighting at San Diego Chargers practice Wednesday. Meanwhile, standout inside linebacker Donald Butler did not practice.

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However, the odds are that when the Chargers play at Tennessee on Sunday, Butler will play and rookie linebacker Te’o likely won’t. Butler missed practice with a groin injury -- but the team does not think it’s serious. Te’o practiced on a limited basis for the first time since suffering a foot injury in the preseason opener, Aug. 8 against Seattle.

Te'o was limited Wednesday. He will need some time to knock the rust off and get used to the defense again. Nevertheless, Wednesday marked progress for the second-round pick.

In other Chargers news, quarterback Philip Rivers was named AFC offensive player of the week for his 419-yard, three-touchdown performance in San Diego's 33-30 victory at Philadelphia on Sunday.

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