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Sunday, September 8, 2013
Chargers odds and ends

By Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers' notes as they prepare to open the season Monday night with a home date against the Houston Texans:

As expected, rookie linebacker Manti Te'o was ruled out for the game because of a foot injury he suffered in the preseason opener Aug. 8. He might be a couple of weeks away from returning, because he needs practice time. Bront Bird will make his first start at inside linebacker.

Receivers Malcom Floyd (knee) and Eddie Royal (chest, head) are listed a probable and will play Monday.

The local television blackout was lifted, so the game will be shown locally.