Te’o, who became widely known for a catfishing incident involving a fake dead girlfriend while he was at Notre Dame, had risen to become one of the Chargers’ defensive mainstays.
“It was just a big, big year for me,” Te’o told reporters. “I worked extremely hard to give myself a chance. Freak accidents like this, you can’t predict stuff like that. It’s all about moving forward.”
The Chargers now have suffered a season-ending injury in each of their first three games. They lost wide receiver Keenan Allen in the opener and running back Danny Woodhead in Week 2.
“I had so many big dreams for my team,” said Te’o, a 2013 second-round draft pick who is in the final season of his rookie contract. “Just because I am down does not mean that it is over, but I just wish I could be right there with them. I am still going to be there just like I was in the second half, but I am not going to be out there with them, and that is the thing that hurts the most. It is where I am most comfortable. It is where I have the most fun.”