Chargers rookie LB Manti Te'o out of walking boot but return unknown

Rookie linebacker Manti Te'o continues to rebound from what the Chargers are describing as a sprained right foot.

His work on Monday came minus his cumbersome walking boot.

Te'o, the team's second-round pick who suffered his injury in the Aug. 8 exhibition opener, has yet to return to practice. But part of his side work with the team trainer is now being done without a walking boot.

Rookie coach Mike McCoy won't divulge specifics on Te'o's return to practice.

It's not believed Te'o will play Saturday when the Chargers visit the Arizona Cardinals.

Te'o says he's "already itching to get back on the field."