San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Te’o was happy to be back on the practice field Wednesday.
Suffering from what he described as a “sore foot” Te’o did some cutting and changing direction for the first time since injuring the right foot in the first preseason game last month.
He said it felt pretty good but he said there was concern about pushing him too far too fast and reinjuring his foot.
“The NFL season is a long season and to make sure I’m healthy so once I come back, I don’t need to go back to where I once was,” Te’o said.
Coach Mike Mccoy called getting the rookie onto the practice field again as the next step in his recovery.
“Obviously being away from the game as much as he has through the practice and everything, you know he’s got a little bit of rust out there but it’s good to have him out there,” McCoy said.
Te’o is not expected to play Sunday at Tennessee. Chargers wide receiver Malcom Floyd and linebacker Donald Butler will not play either.