As announced by multiple sources, Manti Te’o was a full participant in practice today for the first time since August 8th. The initial injury was stated to be a sprain and he was said to be day-to-day.
Well, it is now the 25th of September and he is just now practicing without limitations, so to speak.
Manti’s only NFL experience came in the team’s first preseason game against the Seahawks. Te’o was on the field for 9 plays and then the second team unit came into the contest.
His full participation does lead one to believe that he will play in his first NFL regular season this Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys travel to San Diego. Due to all of the missed practice time, it’s hard to say how much he’ll play and if he’ll have much of an impact. It’s worth noting that the Charger defense was torn up by the Titans offense in week 3. The defense made Jake Locker look phenomenal. Still a bit sick over that game but I’m done whining about it.
I am very interested to see what he can do. The knocks on Te’o include his inability to shed blocks and he also drops his head when attempting to make tackles. Doing the latter can allow for tackles to be missed and that will surely be the case at the NFL level if he continues to do so.
It also looks like the team will be getting Donald Butler back on the field which is huge. Butler was sorely missed in last week’s loss to Tennessee. The fact that Butler will be on the field will definitely benefit Te’o.
As I mentioned above, it’s hard to say how much of an impact Te’o will have on the field. But I know that the spotlight will be on number 50 when he is out there.