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Manti Te'o spotted in walking boot

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05:28 PM ET 08.10 | San Diego Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te'o made his NFL debut on Friday night in the team's preseason opener. While Te'o failed to land on the stat sheet during his nine reps on the field, he managed to catch the attention of media and reporters on Saturday morning during the Chargers practice. Te'o was spotted in a walking boot, despite no injuries being reported during the game. The good news is that this is likely just a minor injury and Te'o should be ready to go when the team takes the field next.

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August 10, 2013  07:43 PM ET

Was it a 'real' or 'imaginary' walking boot??

August 10, 2013  07:51 PM ET

I'm sure the pain is only in his head.

August 10, 2013  07:59 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Was it a 'real' or 'imaginary' walking boot??

We'll have 10 days of this story trying to figure this out.

August 10, 2013  08:46 PM ET

Walking boot in pre-season, not sure why that's a story?

August 10, 2013  09:00 PM ET

This is the last thing MT needs. Head down, work hard, injury free. Otherwise he's going to not get past the girlfriend thing.

August 10, 2013  09:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This is the last thing MT needs. Head down, work hard, injury free. Otherwise he's going to not get past the girlfriend thing.

Speaking of the girlfriend thing, I see that 16 kidnapped girl, Hannah, was found safe, and he was not.

August 10, 2013  10:17 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Was it a 'real' or 'imaginary' walking boot??

I read the title and then set the over/under at two for a post to contain the word "imaginary". Wrong.

August 10, 2013  10:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Speaking of the girlfriend thing, I see that 16 kidnapped girl, Hannah, was found safe, and he was not.

Thank God!!!!!

August 10, 2013  10:52 PM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Thank God!!!!!

The FBI

August 10, 2013  11:45 PM ET

"he managed to catch the attention of media"

Never knew the media was relevant.

August 11, 2013  12:20 AM ET

He's Brian Bosworth without the hairdo. He may end up being a serviceable LB, but by no stretch will be an all-pro. He's got instincts, but no NFL speed to attack at the point. I could be wrong, but I don't think I am.

August 11, 2013  12:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

"he managed to catch the attention of media"Never knew the media was relevant.

How do you think elections are won?

August 11, 2013  12:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

The FBI

Female Body Inspector?

August 11, 2013  12:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#6):

Speaking of the girlfriend thing, I see that 16 kidnapped girl, Hannah, was found safe, and he was not.

Outstanding.

August 11, 2013  12:25 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

This is the last thing MT needs. Head down, work hard, injury free. Otherwise he's going to not get past the girlfriend thing.

Meh, four weeks until opening day. Could be a precaution. I still think he has maturity issues and isn't fast enough to excel in the NFL, but a boot for a day could be just, in the words of Alexander Haig, careful caution.

August 11, 2013  12:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

"he managed to catch the attention of media"Never knew the media was relevant.

Welcome to the 24 hour news cycle, where the Jets are relevant and people care about minutia like gay marriage and whether or not Michael Vick completes a pass in the preseason.

August 11, 2013  12:48 AM ET

You were with someone you had never met; why, why, Manti?
The feelings, the pain, that was all real
Can you see why someone would view this as a lie?
I didn't lie; my whole world told me that she died
Why, why Manti?
She seemed nice, she seemed very beautiful
Did you just feel like, "I'm in this too deep"?
Yes
Why, why, Manti...

August 11, 2013  12:51 AM ET

If I knew he was dating a girl that he had never seen believe me, I would have whipped his **** so tenderly
But he told me that he'd met her and that she was very beautiful
And then they broke out into song just like a Disney musical
So I had to ask, did you dance too?
and ride a magic carpet as the shooting stars were flying past you?
He said, Yeah Pops, all of the above
I found a whole new world with my one true love.
Of course I believed my son, the whole world did
I love him almost as much as that imaginary girl did

August 11, 2013  12:52 AM ET

Every reporter loved the story of the romance
When they heard the truth they pulled a Roker in their own pants

 
August 11, 2013  12:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#18):

If I knew he was dating a girl that he had never seen believe me, I would have whipped his **** so tenderlyBut he told me that he'd met her and that she was very beautifulAnd then they broke out into song just like a Disney musicalSo I had to ask, did you dance too?and ride a magic carpet as the shooting stars were flying past you?He said, Yeah Pops, all of the aboveI found a whole new world with my one true love.Of course I believed my son, the whole world didI love him almost as much as that imaginary girl did

Classic!

But one goal-line stand where he stuffs a run on fourth and goal, he's exonerated.

Not going to happen, though. He's got the heart, but not the skills.

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