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Still not practicing, Te'o's debut in doubt

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07:07 AM ET 09.05 | On the upside, Manti Te'o is progressing -- it's just that time is running out before Week 1. The resistance running [Te'o] did Wednesday was the rookie's most strenuous public workout since he showed up at Chargers Park in a protective boot Aug. 10. But Te'o still hasn't practiced since spraining his right foot Aug. 8 against the Seahawks, and the Chargers are preparing Bront Bird to start Monday against the Texans if time runs out on Te'o. The Chargers will practice on Thursday and Friday. They're scheduled as off Saturday and Sunday. Te'o acknowledged the difficulty ahead of readying himself after getting only nine snaps in the preseason. "But if I get a chance to go out there," he said, "I'll take advantage of my opportunity."

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September 5, 2013  07:13 AM ET

"But if I get a chance to go out there," he said, "I'll take advantage of my opportunity." At least that's what he imagines.

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September 5, 2013  07:34 AM ET

<gone fishin'>

September 5, 2013  07:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

"But if I get a chance to go out there," he said, "I'll take advantage of my opportunity." At least that's what he imagines.

And he also imagines he has a girlfriend out there......somewhere.

September 5, 2013  08:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

And he also imagines he has a girlfriend out there......somewhere.

Beat me to it.

Probably realized "Dang, these NFL guys are almost as tough as 'Bama!"

September 5, 2013  08:52 AM ET

I'll bet his pains and aches are imaginary, as he has a history of such. Maybe he watched too much Mister Rogers and got stuck in the Land of Makebelieve?

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September 5, 2013  09:43 AM ET

The ideal fantasy player.

September 5, 2013  09:51 AM ET

<humming tune to "I'm a believer".>

September 5, 2013  10:13 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The ideal fantasy player.

:-)

September 5, 2013  10:22 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

The ideal fantasy player.

+1

September 5, 2013  10:39 AM ET

Why do I have the feeling that when he plays the whole story will be about his "foot sprain" and how amazing it is to see him on the field after such a horrific "foot sprain?" How does the man do it?

September 5, 2013  11:22 AM ET

Has Matt Millen been covertly running the Chargers drafts the last few years?

September 5, 2013  11:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Has Matt Millen been covertly [s]running[/s[] ruining the Chargers drafts the last few years?

Fixed.

September 5, 2013  11:44 AM ET
QUOTE(#14):

Fixed.

Okay, NOT fixed. Goofed up the overstrike. Damn.

September 5, 2013  06:34 PM ET

Just tell him they're pretend games and he'll be fine.

September 5, 2013  08:18 PM ET

I can't wait for a fullback to lay a lick on this guy. They will need to fly him back to Hawaii for a long rehab.

 
September 5, 2013  08:52 PM ET

His debut is in doubt ... just like his dead imaginary girlfriend.

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