San Diego Chargers head coach Mike McCoy announced on Saturday that second-round linebacker Manti Te'o will miss a week of practice with a sprained foot.
“Manti has a foot sprain and he’ll be out this week," McCoy said. "I’ll give you further updates as the week goes along or next week sometime, but he’ll be out for the week. We diagnosed it after the game.
"I think any player is a little disappointed when they have a little injury that will keep them out for a little bit. But it’s part of the game and he’ll do whatever he can to get back on the field as quickly as possible."
Te'o played nine snaps against the Seattle Seahawks on Thursday night, all with the first-team defense. Te'o is expected to become a three-down player for the Chargers, but he was removed on passing downs in his preseason debut. Missing a week of practice is bad enough, but the injury is also likely keep the rookie from Notre Dame out of next Thursday night's preseason game against the Chicago Bears.
While Te'o will still take mental reps and classroom work, missing a week of practice time and preseason action could impede Te'o's development and hinder his ability to play on third downs this season.