The San Diego Chargers ruled out rookie linebacker Manti Te’o prior to Monday’s opener against the Houston Texans because of a right foot injury, causing his much-anticipated debut to be delayed for at least one week.
Te’o, a Heisman Trophy finalist whose stellar senior year at Notre Dame ended with an embarrassing Catfishing” scandal, originally injured the foot in the August 8 preseason opener, and hasn’t been on a football field much since then. Te’o was the No. 38 overall pick of April’s draft, and earned the start at inside linebacker for the Chargers but recorded no tackles in two series of action in the preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks before being injnured.
He hasn’t practiced since then and has been wearing a walking boot. Chargers Head Coach Mike McCoy initially described the injury as a sprain, and didn’t provide much of an update today:
Mike McCoy says there’s nothing new on Manti Te’o (foot). Adds the rookie LB is not a candidate for injured reserve.
— Michael Gehlken (@UTgehlken) September 10, 2013
The Indianapolis Colts had to think they were in line for an easy win against the hapless Oakland Raiders, but they didn’t know what they were getting into with quarterback Terrelle Pryor, who was making just the second start of his pro career. But the former Ohio State Buckeye had the Colts on their heels the entire game, running and throwing as good as any dual-threat QB in the league, and almost propelled the Raiders to a monumental Week 1 upset.
Despite the loss, Pryor provided hope to a franchise that hasn’t had much in the past decade, and now the Raiders are giving Pryor the full-time gig.
Danny Amendola made quite a first impression on the New England Patriots. Against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, Amendola registered 10 critical catches while playing through a pulled groin to help the Pats rally to overcome the upstart Buffalo Bills, 23-21.
During Sunday’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs, the Jacksonville Jaguars were hit hard on the injury front. They’ve already announced Blaine Gabbert is out and Chad Henne will replace him, but they also lost Gratz to a right shin injury that will cost him at least three weeks.