San Diego Chargers rookie Manti Te’o will debut this weekend

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Rather than sporting a clover, Manti Te’o will wear a lighting bolt this weekend.

San Diego Chargers rookie Manti Te’o will debut Sunday when the Dallas Cowboys visit Qualcomm Stadium.

Te’o inked a four-year contract worth in excess of $5 million a few weeks after being taken with the 38th pick in April.

Unfortunately, the 6-foot-1, 241 pound Te’o has been shelved since suffering a sprained right foot in an August 8 exhibition game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Despite having not played in a meaningful contest since January’s BCS title fiasco, Ronaiah Tuiasosopo’s wet dream expects to immediately produce on the gridiron.

“Tackling is not hard at all,” said Te’o, 22, who only took nine snaps in the preseason and was temporarily replaced by Bront Bird.

“It’s a mindset. If you are in the right mindset, you’re going to make the tackle. It’s in between the ears and what’s in the chest. Football is the same game. I’ve been playing it since I was six years old. Guys who want to hit are going to make tackles. Guys who don’t want to hit are going to miss tackles. I wouldn’t be surprised if I’m going to miss some on Sunday. But you know what? I’m going to make some too.”

Te’o will start at inside linebacker in the Chargers’ 3-4 scheme and eventually lineup on three downs.

No longer ravaging Lennay Kekua’s muff in absentia, the former Fighting Irish star should strengthen the league’s 24th ranked defense.

Te’o is a natural leader who relies on intangibles and football smarts to thrive as a defender.

Sitting at 1-2 in the AFC West and facing Dallas’ elite attack, Manti Te’o will have “the right mindset” this weekend and quickly become a favorite in “America’s Finest City.”

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