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MRI confirms torn Achilles for Manti Te’o

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San Diego Chargers inside linebacker Manti Te’o reacts during the first half of an NFL football game against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Sunday, Sept. 18, 2016, in San Diego. (AP Photo/Ryan Kang)


For a guy who entered the NFL as a bit of a sideshow, Manti Te’o had become a very solid player for the Chargers.

But at least for this season, that’s over.

According to Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, MRIs confirmed the Chargers linebacker suffered a torn Achilles and will be out for the season.

Te’o, their 2013 second-round pick, is in the final year of his rookie contract, and will now enter the market while rehabbing a serious injury. But it also leaves yet another hole for the Chargers, who are losing not just a player but someone who had become a leader.

After losing Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead and Stevie Johnson, the Chargers are rapidly running out of difference-makers on the field, and are 1-2 after yesterday’s loss to the Colts.