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SAN DIEGO -- Manti Teo hopes hes given the boot to a walking boot hes worn on his sprained right foot since Aug. 9, the day after the San Diego Chargers exhibition opener. The rookie linebacker was out of the boot Tuesday, although he hasnt been cleared to practice. "Its a big step for me to take that boot off and see where it goes from there," Teo said. "Its a boost of confidence. Taking the boot off shows that its getting better, so Im really excited about it." Teo fared better than wide receiver Dan DePalma, fullback Chris Gronkowski and wide receiver Mike Willie. Those three were placed on injured reserve to reach the roster limit of 75. DePalma and Willie were hurt in Saturday nights exhibition victory against Arizona. Gronkowski had been out with an ankle injury. Teo said its up to the trainer to decide if the boots off for good. "Yeah, it feels good enough for me to take it off and walk around," said Teo, the Heisman Trophy runner-up last year. "Its up to him if he wants to put it back on." Teo said he wore the boot at all times, except when sleeping. "It was hurt bad enough to hold me out for three preseason games," said Teo, who was in for nine plays in the exhibition opener. "I think thats pretty big." The Chargers finish their exhibition season Thursday night at home against the San Francisco 49ers. Will he be good to start the season opener Sept. 9 at home against Houston? "In my mind, yes. My mind would tell my body what to do." Rookie coach Mike McCoy said Teo "was just kind of really getting a good feel without the boot" on Tuesday. McCoys not ruling anything out about Teos availability for opening night. "Thats going to be up to how his body recovers the X number of days before the game on Monday night," the coach said. "Well want to have an idea of how he feels, obviously. He knows his body better than anybody else." How far behind is Teo? "Mentally, hes been into it. Its just the reps, really," McCoy said. "I cant really put a percentage or a number on it exactly. Hes been at every meeting, hes been at every practice, hes been at every walkthrough, watching and doing what he can do, just getting the mental part of it, so really its just the physical part of it." The Chargers will hold a walkthrough Wednesday on the aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan, their final practice before facing the 49ers. McCoy was born in San Francisco and was a 49ers fan. "I grew up watching some of the greatest quarterbacks of all time playing the game, whether that was Steve Young, Joe Montana and a bunch of other great players; Jerry Rice, Ronnie Lott," said McCoy, who played quarterback at Long Beach State and Utah. "I could go on and on with all the Super Bowls they were winning back then." However, when asked if he remembered the score of Super Bowl XXIX, he said: "No, I do not." It was San Francisco 49, San Diego 26 in the Chargers only Super Bowl appearance. Lavonte David Jersey . 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With the draft set for Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia and unrestricted free agency starting three days later, the NHL marketplace is set up for the flurry. "I think youll see a lot of movement this year. Its not a particularly strong free-agent class. I think teams will look to potentially fill their needs via the trade route," Fletcher said. Whether that includes the Wild, well, thats difficult to predict at this point. Fletcher said hes been fielding more calls than hes been making. "We either have players right in their prime that are key contributors on our team, or young players that are just starting their career that were really not that excited about moving. We dont have a lot of players in that 25 to 29-year-old age class that seem to be the prime trade candidates in a lot of cases," Fletcher said. 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Forward Cody McCormick and defencemen Clayton Stoner and Nate Prosser are also in this category, without any guarantee the Wild would be their highest or favourite bidder. Fletcher declined to speak about any interest or not in any of them specifically. "I think some of those guys will move on at this point. Theyre aware of where were at," Fletcher said. Fletcher traded Cal Clutterbuck for Niederreiter the day of the draft last year. He dealt Brent Burns for Devin Setoguchi and Charlie Coyle on draft day 2011. He acquired Brodziak in that scenario in 2009. This time, the Wild dont have a second-round pick, due to the trade for Moulson, so theyd be less interested in parting with their first-round pick, 18th overall. "Historically we havent been a team thats ever been confused with the Edmonton Oilers circa 83-85," Fletcher said. "If we could add a little bit more offence without sacrificing our defensive structure wed like to do that." 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