According to Mark at Tremendous and the ND message boards, Manti Te'o lost his girlfriend to cancer, and may have also lost his grandmother within the same 24 house. He may miss Saturday's game, but that isn't the first thing on his mind right now.
I'm hearing some rumors that Manti Te'o isn't going to play Saturday. Would be a big blow to ND's chances if he's out.— Mark (@Mgobluegr) September 13, 2012
To clarify, Manti Te'o's girlfriend passed away yesterday (confirmed) but rumors are saying his grandmother passed away as well (unrelated)— Mark (@Mgobluegr) September 13, 2012
I'm sure you all join me in sending our sympathies to Manti, his family, and his girlfriend's family.
ED: Looks like Te'o will play. May he find healing in the smacking of many Spartans.
RT @NDatRivals: Brian Kelly says that Manti Te'o will play this week despite personal losses.
(H/T julesh for the update)