The news is not a surprise. The rookie linebacker has been battling a sprained right foot for a month now. He hasn't practiced with teammates since Aug. 8, and his session work has been limited to drills off to the side with a trainer. UT-San Diego reported that Te'o took part in resistance running Wednesday, his "most strenuous public workout" since the injury.
Te'o's biggest goal (other than getting his foot back to 100 percent), is working himself into game shape. Rapoport said a return in Week 2 or Week 3 is possible.
For the time being, the not-quite-as-well-known Bront Bird will replace Te'o in the starting lineup.