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    NFL notes: Chargers’ Manti Te’o out for a week

    Manti Te’o played briefly in the Chargers’ loss to Seattle and will be out against the Bears.
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    Manti Te’o played briefly in the Chargers’ loss to Seattle and will be out against the Bears.

    Chargers rookie linebacker Manti Te’o will sit out this week with a sprained right foot and miss San Diego’s game at Chicago on Thursday.

    Te’o wore a walking boot while watching Saturday morning’s practice in San Diego.

    ‘‘Manti has a foot sprain and he will be out this week and I will give you any further updates as the week goes on, or next week,’’ coach Mike McCoy said. ‘‘But he will be out for the week.’’


    The team refused to make Te’o available to reporters, saying he would speak Monday.

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    McCoy, a rookie head coach, has been loath to share injury news.

    When asked how Te’o, a starter who played briefly in Thursday’s 31-10 loss to Seattle, sustained the injury, McCoy balked.

    ‘‘I’m not . . . he has a foot sprain,’’ McCoy said. ‘‘I will say that and move on from there.’’

    McCoy said the injury was diagnosed after the game.


    However, when asked about injuries at Friday’s news conference, the coach said: ‘‘As of right now, no one has reported any serious injuries from last night. I haven’t sat down with our trainer yet, but I will in a little bit.’’

    This is the second time in camp that McCoy’s information on injured players has turned out to be less than forthcoming.

    On Tuesday, wide receiver Danario Alexander tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee in practice, a season-ending injury.

    McCoy downplayed the injury after practice. A few hours later, the team announced the severity of the injury.

    Now Te’o is out for one game, and maybe longer.


    ‘‘I think any player is disappointed when they have a little injury that is going to keep him out for a little bit,’’ McCoy said of Te’o’s reaction to be sidelined. ‘‘But it’s part of the game and he will do whatever he can to get back on the field as quickly as possible.’’

    Running back Danny Woodhead missed another practice on Saturday. McCoy wouldn’t reveal the injury or Woodhead’s anticipated return.

    Hawkins in cast

    Bengals receiver Andrew Hawkins will wear a cast for 10 days to try to heal his sprained left ankle, making it doubtful he’ll be ready for the season opener.

    Coach Marvin Lewis said Hawkins will be evaluated in 10 days. If he’s not ready for the opener Sept. 8 in Chicago, he could be placed on injured reserve with an opportunity to return.

    Hawkins was Cincinnati’s second-leading receiver last year with 51 catches for 533 yards and four touchdowns.

    Also on Saturday, the Bengals signed guard Otis Hudson, a second-year player who was on their practice squad in 2010 and on the roster for seven games last season.

    Stallworth sore

    Redskins receiver Donte Stallworth is expected to miss the next preseason game with a sore left hamstring.

    Coach Mike Shanahan said Stallworth needs some time to heal. Stallworth has been bothered by the hamstring throughout much of training camp, and aggravated it during Thursday’s preseason win over the Titans. He already has an uphill battle to make the regular-season roster at a crowded position.

    There was good news for rookie safety Phillip Thomas, who sprained his left foot in the game. Shanahan said doctors have ruled out a fracture or more serious injury.

    Tiff no big deal

    Jaguars coach Gus Bradley had receiver Justin Blackmon and defensive end Jason Babin in his office hours after the two got into it on the sideline during the team’s preseason opener. Bradley was pleased with what he heard, too.

    ‘‘I'm not going to say that there was [nothing] between Justin and Jason Babin, but it was more like, ‘Just back up when Gus is telling you to back up,’ ’’ Bradley said. ‘‘It’s one of those things, and it probably appeared bigger . . . But it was a lot smaller than what I initially thought.’’

    It started when Blackmon, sitting out because of a groin injury, began jawing with Miami Dolphins cornerback Nolan Carroll in the second quarter. The Jaguars were upset with a tackle and made it known to Carroll. Blackmon was the closest and most vocal of the bunch, escalating the tiff to the point where Bradley took notice. That’s when veteran defensive end Babin stepped in, apparently telling Blackmon to calm down, which drew a reaction from his teammate.

    Running back Maurice Jones-Drew eventually calmed Blackmon and escorted him to the locker room.

    Giants top Steelers

    Eli Manning hit Victor Cruz for a 57-yard touchdown pass and the Giants beat the Steelers, 18-13, in the preseason opener in Pittsburgh. Manning finished 2 of 5 for 73 yards. The Giants scored on both drives the offensive starters were in the game. Ben Roethlisberger completed 4 of 8 passes for 36 yards for Pittsburgh, leading the Steelers to a field goal on their second possession . . . Rams coach Jeff Fisher said he has lost a lot of respect for former NFL quarterback Bernie Kosar, who was highly critical of Fisher’s team while serving as color commentator for the Browns Thursday night. Cleveland won, 27-19. Kosar was particularly outspoken about Rams backup quarterback Kellen Clemons, stating at one point, ‘‘I can’t stand watching him play.’’