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Te'o played this year with a broken foot? What does that mean going forward?

According to Bolt Beat: http://boltbeat.com/2014/01/27/san-diego-chargers-manti-teo-surgery-broken-foot/

My question basically concerns Te'o's development as a player and whether or not he can become the kind of ILB worthy of being reached for in the second round of last year's draft. Is it a legitimate point to make that having a broken foot would hamper any rookie's progress, and that Te'o is capable of more? Or are the problems with his play something that can't be pegged on an injured foot?

At best, for his sake, I'm hoping that he can use this to fuel himself going forward, in a "my foot was holding me back, now I can be the best at what I do" sort of thing. But I'm also pessimistic that this is just going to be more ammunition to the "TE'O IS CLEARLY A TOP FLIGHT TALENT LIKE ALLEN AND FLUKER SO WE'RE GOING TO KEEP GROUPING THEM TOGETHER AS AN ELITE ROOKIE CLASS" crowd within the Chargers fan community.

So, thoughts on Manti Te'o going forward? Is he capable of becoming an asset in our front 7? Will he permanently be a liability there against quarterbacks that can abuse the short passing game (i.e. Manning)? Is it possible that he'll follow the typical development of most early career stand-out ILBs or is he too far behind to catch up?

This FanPost was written by a member of the Bolts From The Blue community and does not necessarily reflect the views of the Bolts From The Blue editors or SB Nation.

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