Te'o returns to practice for Chargers

    2013-09-18 19:09

SAN DIEGO (AP) - Manti Te'o practiced Wednesday for the first time since injuring his right foot in August.

The San Diego Chargers' second-round pick out of Notre Dame wasn't all the way back but his return represented progress.

``It's been a long time and it's definitely been a learning process,'' said Te'o, who was injured Aug. 8. ``But I'm glad I'm at the stage where I am right now and we're going to get better every day.''

Te'o hoped to work on Thursday as he tries to compensate for his time off.

``He has been in every meeting, been at every practice, been at every walk-through, been on the road with us,'' coach Mike McCoy said. ``He hasn't missed anything besides practice time. It's just a matter of how quickly he gets back into football shape and gets ready to go.''

McCoy said Te'o did have ``a little rust'' and declined to say whether Te'o would be activated for Sunday's game at Tennessee.

Te'o wasn't certain if he would be fit for Sunday, either.

``I hope so, but I don't know,'' he said. ``There's always a chance I can play. To be honest with you, we haven't really tested it. We don't want to test it and take steps back. So what I did do out there, I was cutting, I was taking off, change-of-direction, and it felt pretty good.''

Te'o saw action on just nine preseason plays before getting hurt. He spent the rest of training camp in a walking boot, something he shed about two weeks ago as his running on the sidelines increased.

``I think we are all happy to have him back out there,'' McCoy said. ``That's why we picked him where we did, we wanted him to be part of the team on game day.''

NOTES: Wide receiver Malcom Floyd (neck) didn't practice and isn't expected to play on Sunday. ... ILB Donald Butler (groin) and OLB Dwight Freeney (non-injury) also didn't work out but they should start against the Titans.

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