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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Chargers Injury Update: Vincent Brown out, Manti Te'o in

By on 8/02/2014 08:30:00 AM

With San Diego Chargers practice coming to a close this past Thursday, LB Manti Te’o played without any signs of injury, while WR Vincent Brown sat on the sidelines again just a week after a calf strain.
After a fractured foot and concussion both sustained before and after his rookie season, Te’o has looked virtually unscathed in 2014.

According to ESPN, “Te'o said the learning experience and reps gained his rookie season helped him play faster during training camp. He also said he's fully healthy after offseason surgery to fix a fractured foot that slowed him down his rookie season.”

This news comes months after Te’o sustained a concussion during the Chargers’ AFC Divisional Playoff game against the Denver Broncos.
After placing second in the Heisman voting, Te’o’s 61 tackles and zero interceptions were disappointing in 2013. Chargers hope that Te’o’s newfound health can hopefully help him grow and produce as a LB in 2014.

As for former San Diego State WR Vincent Brown, 2014 has not been very kind.

Per U-T San Diego reports, “the wide receiver did not practice Thursday, making it a full week he's been sidelined with a calf strain. Brown suffered it July 25 on the second day of training camp when running a route during a position drill. It expectedly will force him to miss the Aug. 7 exhibition opener against the Cowboys, and possibly longer, as a tight competition at receiver continues without him.”

Throughout his career as a WR, Brown has sustained his fair share of injuries. 2012 saw Brown break his left ankle during the pre-season, causing him to miss the entirety of the 2012 season. 2013 wasn’t much brighter as Brown went for just 472 yards and one touchdown in midst of Malcolm Floyd’s absence. The Chargers hope to have the fourth-year receiver back and ready to play soon.

With Brown healthy on offense and Te’o healthy on defense, this Chargers squad gets a bit more explosive on offense and a bit more tougher on defense.

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