Manti Te'o missed the first three games of his rookie season with a foot injury. Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o’s first NFL season started with a preseason foot injury that kept him out of the first three games of the season. Manti Te'o's apparent busted foot may help to explain the rookie's so-so season, which would be good news for the Chargers and for Te'o. Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o underwent foot surgery this month according to Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune. Te’o broke his foot in training camp last summer and missed the first three games of the regular season with the injury. Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego reports that the Chargers confirmed that Te’o had recent surgery on the right foot. While a rookie season doesn't define a career and there's a lot to be said for starting 15 games, Te'o made only a few memorable plays.