Manti Te'o is set to make his rookie debut for the San Diego Chargers this Sunday against the Dallas Cowboys, according to reports. Te'o practiced fully Wednesday for the first time since injuring his foot in August. The Chargers no doubt hope the rookie can spark a defense that has been hit-or-miss this season.
Te'o went to San Diego with much fanfare after the being selected early in the second round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He is coming off a spectacular senior season at Notre Dame that was tarnished by a bad performance in the BCS National Championship game and a public scandal involving a fake girlfriend. Te'o's offseason problems haven't followed him to San Diego, however. Reports out of OTAs indicated that Te'o was adjusting well to NFL life and was ready to play an important role for the Chargers in 2013.
Whether Te'o will play extensively against the Cowboys remains to be seen. Given his time spent away from the practice field, there may be some rust. That said, Te'o may very well be the Chargers' best option at inside linebacker. The team was missing Te'o and fellow inside linebacker Donald Butler during last weekend's loss to the Tennessee Titans, a game that was decided by a late 94-yard touchdown drive led by Jake Locker.