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Morning links: Te'o on the mend

4/28/2014

Good morning. Darren Smith of The Mighty 1090 AM radio interviewed San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te'o in this audio link.

Te'o talked about his foot injury -- initially reported as a sprained foot -- that required surgery at the end of the 2013 season to fix. Te’o missed most of preseason play and the first three games of the regular season because of the injury.

“It was a long process, and I’m glad I was able to get that past me,” Te’o said. “Now, it’s all about recovering. It’s all about getting stronger, and making sure that stepping into season two that I have no affects from it, and I can just go out there and play.”

Te’o confirmed that the foot issue was the same injury from earlier in the season that he had a procedure on to fix once the season was over.

“Any time somebody has something wrong with them, it’s going to affect them to a certain degree,” Te’o said, acknowledging the foot issue slowed him down. “For me, I did everything that I could do. I did everything I was asked to do, and everything to the best of my ability. And now we’ll see in season two how I do now.”

Te’o also said he has something to prove.

“(I had) a lot of beginner’s mistakes,” Te’o said. “But the best thing about that is there’s a lot of room for improvement. I’m looking forward to this year, just getting together with my teammates again, and having a year under my belt on the field and with the playbook.”

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