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Getting to Saturday

Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o has been battling an ankle injury since the start of October.

While the junior hasn't missed a game, it has changed his practice routine.

"I've been getting treatment and doing whatever I can physically out on the practice field," Te'o said Wednesday. "It's definitely hard for me, because I look at it as, you know, No. 5 is not practicing, but he's also playing. And I look at it from the eyes of my teammates, and I wouldn't want that, for my teammates to see that.

Basically I try to prepare myself mentally as much as I can and I try to watch a lot of film, and with (safety and captain Harrison Smith), watching film. Harrison watches so much film it's crazy.

"He and I, I try to prepare with him, ask him what he's seen out there in practice and listen to the coaches, what they are saying and ask the guys out there who are practicing, what they are saying; so that it's not such a shock when I get out there on game day."

Coach Brian Kelly said Te'o continues to be limited at practice and the goal each week is to make sure the team's leading tackler is in the game.

"We made sure we got him to Saturday," Kelly said. "Manti not getting as many reps, certainly is better than somebody else getting all the reps."

Te'o said he is feeling better and improves every day.

"Every day that goes by, you know, every day, every time I get treatment, I feel healthier and healthier, so it's good," Te'o said.