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Chargers’ Manti Te’o Sheds Walking Boot

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Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images.
Photo by Kent C. Horner/Getty Images.

San Diego Chargers rookie LB Manti Te’o finally shed his walking boot, and he’s another step closer to returning to the field. He sprained his right foot in the preseason opener against the Seattle Seahawks on Aug. 8.

"It's a big step for me to take that boot off and see where it goes from there," Te'o said. "It's a boost of confidence. Taking the boot off shows that it's getting better, so I'm really excited about it."

While he’s not out of the woods, it’s certainly a positive sign for the rookie. He isn’t back in practice just yet, and it’s uncertain when he’ll be able to participate.

“It’s a step in the right direction and we’re just taking it one step at a time,” coach Mike McCoy told reporters on Tuesday. “He’s happy to have the boot off and be able to walk around. We’ve been able to move forward and start messing around with what sort of shoe he will be using moving forward.”

The Chargers kick off the 2013 NFL season in primetime on Sept. 9 against the Houston Texans. Whether he’s available for the game is still up in the air, but he has 13 days to get back up to speed.

“I’m not ruling anything out,” McCoy said. “It’s going to be up to how his body recovers before the game on Monday night. We’ll take it one day at a time. When he is out there we’ll see how he is feeling. He knows his body better than anyone so we will just take it one day at a time.”