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 preseason opener, has yet to return to practice.
But part of his side work with the team trainer is being done without a walking boot.
''He will be out there when he is ready to go,'' rookie coach Mike McCoy said, when asked if Te'o would return to practice this week.
''He's getting better every day and working extremely hard with James and the rest of the crew inside. When he's ready to be out there, he will be practicing.''
It's not believed Te'o will play Saturday when the Chargers visit the Arizona Cardinals.
''The saying goes you don't know what you got until it's gone and it's only been a week and a half and I'm already itching to get back on the field,'' Te'o said.
''I'm getting all the mental reps, I'm taking the practice scr...