Aug 8, 2013; San Diego, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te

Manti Te’o Working On Side Field. Doing More Explosive Training


Manti Te’o is doing work on the side field. Doing a little more explosive work on the side though, but he still is not practicing with the team.

I don’t think he will be ready to go next week unless he joins the rest of the squad in practice tomorrow. He has a few days to get prepped for the Houston Texans. He has been part of all the film study and should be prepared mentally, but he still needs some of those reps in practice.

If Te’o is unable to go on Monday, Bront Bird will be starting the game for the Chargers in the middle of the defense.

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  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    I really think they are just letting him get back to 100% but playing the Texans you just can’t feel comfy with Bront Bird in anyway. Manti’s going to be in there even with out the practice he’s 5x the athlete then Bird and he’s got to be out there Monday, still has 4 more days to get prepped.

    • Joel Ayala

      Does anyone even know the nature of Teos injury?? I’m still scratching my head wondering how he got hurt.but I have high hopes when he’s healthy and ready to play. he’s gonna Ball big-time!!

      • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

        its a foot sprain… likely will be back on the field soon, but might not be in time for first game of the year. game 2 or 3 would be the best bet… if he can get on the practice field tomorrow with the rest of the squad, then i would give him a chance to start… a lot of catching up for him to do though

        • Adam

          If it were up to him, he’d play. Never really missed a game. He’s got that junior Seau pride. I think it’s MM that’s holding him back, and if that’s the case, I’m ok with it. Better be safe than sorry

          • arnie

            I agree Adam, McCoy has a different way about these things. His attitude seems to be “next man up”, instead of hey, “doc i need him back for this game”. And i like that. Part of this teams problems have been relying to much on the starters for production. And when one of them went down aj would go shopping for FA to be a starter. T&M seem to get it, it takes 53 to win a Championship, not 22.

          • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

            Teo is so much better then Bird though, going up against the Raiders or Jags ya I would sit him but not the Texans. We shall see how MM and TT handle this one come Monday, I really think he plays. Next man up is a scary thought in this scenario

          • arnie

            I’d rather have Te’o playing to. At this point it is what it is and I’m personally not worried about it.

        • Joel Ayala

          Kool. thanks.

  • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

    Texans rookie guard David Quessenberry broke his foot during Wednesday’s practice and will miss the entire season. I think he’s listed as their #2 LG and I also believe their starting LG is still iffy on if he’s playing Monday night. Would be nice to go up against LG #3 lol

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      agreed!

    • tubbs45

      That is good news for the D Line…

  • joerockt

    I can’t friggin believe that Bird is the next man up at ILB. Really wish they had brought back Demorrio Williams.

    • TheReturnOfMrBlanks

      lol he’s not exactly the guy you want as the next man up against the Texans

    • RZ

      I wish they would have kept DJ Smith.I’d much rather see him in there instead if B man. Thought he was having a good pre season and camp…but gotta keep moving forward.GO BOLTZ!!

  • tubbs45

    Come on Teo, man we haven’t seen much of you but we need that lightning in a bottle!!! The Bird man is not gonna cut it…
    http://i1276.photobucket.com/albums/y462/staffpicks/Animated_GIFs/lightning.gif

  • Derek

    I know teo is better but by how much? I’ve seen bird make some plays last season. Also I haven’t seen him miss much. I know teo is the more likely guy to make a play but I have faith that bird won’t give up one. Plus with 2nd or 3rd string lg I think we’ll do fine containing foster. I think that’s the key to this game, I’ve never seen shaub excell without foster or Tate. I believe if we can contain foster and avoid watt (easier said then done I know) this game is ours, Cushing is a run stopper from what I’ve seen I think this is Ronnie brown and wood heads time to shine along with Phillips opportunity to show his mastery of the short pass. Also he could take advantage of rookie safety swearinger

    • chinatown

      By a tall order, our whole ILB corp besides Butler are great at pass coverage, we should be okay on 3rd downs however Mccoy loves to use the nickel package and bring in an extra corner instead of using a SILB.

      Other than that, Te’o and Butler are probably the only ILB who can sniff out the run using their instincts, instincts is just something you can’t coach and instill in a player, the main responsibility of the ILB is to stop the run.

      Maybe Bird will develop how to pursuit and take on blocks well in time but as of now he just doesn’t really know how to play run cover that well. He’s been a liability for two straight preseason games, his inability to seal the edge and plug the gaps has allowed the Bears to run that 58 yarder and the Cardinals consolation prize in their epic loss was a good running game.

  • Stefanie Smith

    It must be serious because Eddy Royal darn near died and is already back. So T’eo’s must really be a whopper.

  • Bill Nichols

    C’mon man!! We need ya brother Teo’. Hold it down Bird, I know you can do it, you just gotta summon up your inner Junior. He’s there, you just gotta bring him out baby. We gotta have this game, man what a freaking way to start 2013 with a steal from the highly favored Texans…. Just got back from visiting my father in Pt. Loma, back in Austin now, but bought me some bolts for my truck…. lol screw the Texans, Bolt Up!!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      Nice!!! Keep on Boltin

  • Lee

    I’m guessing he has a sort of linsfranc injury, like the one leveon bell has. It usually takes up to 6 weeks to heal so he will miss the opener

  • C.Steele

    Nice to now he’s starting to work the foot out. But, Come on with the Seau comparisons and the calls for him to rush back! Let’s just let the kid get healthy and be his own man! Why rush him back and have the injury linger through the season? When he’s ready to go he will start his rookie campaign. He will make some plays, blow some, and hopefully in time grown into a hell of a ILB. Trying to make him into the next coming of Seau or the savior of an already good defense is silly! #GoBolts!

    • http://boltbeat.com/ Ernie Padaon

      yea… the seau comparisons are a bit much. can we see him on the field first

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