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Old 10-13-2010   #1
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inebacker Shawne Merriman's season is over for the San Diego Chargers.

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San Diego placed Merriman on the Reserve-Injured list Wednesday with a calf injury and a "minor injury designation (less than six-week injury)." The designation means the Chargers must release Merriman when he becomes healthy.

The 26-year-old Merriman re-injured his calf in the Chargers' Week 5 loss against the Oakland Raiders. He has six tackles this season.

Merriman missed more than two weeks of training camp in protest of his status as a restricted free agent before reporting.

Nicknamed "Lights Out" because of his punishing hits, Merriman missed the final 15 games of the 2008 season after having reconstructive knee surgery. He was limited to four sacks last year as he bounced back from the knee surgery and dealt with other injuries.

Merriman was a force in his first three NFL seasons, although he served a four-game suspension in 2006 after testing positive for steroids. He had a career-high 17 sacks in 12 games that season.

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Lets get him

He probably overtrains too.

Ryans + Merriman + Cushing
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The effects of 'roids are amazing...



This guy will never be the same player...yet some team out there will still take a chance on him.
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Straight to the Pats
My thoughts exactly. Headed to work for Bellicheat.
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The effects of 'roids are amazing...



This guy will never be the same player...yet some team out there will still take a chance on him.
I'm thinkin' the neck tattoo must have punctured something and let all the bulk out??

Plus, not nearly as much facial hair?
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Yikes. Those photos are damning indeed.
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Rods and injuries aside, of the dudes "we should see if they have anything" threads, Merriman at least has a history of excellent production, not just name recognition. He actually is young enough to figure it w/o juice.
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Rods and injuries aside, of the dudes "we should see if they have anything" threads, Merriman at least has a history of excellent production, not just name recognition. He actually is young enough to figure it w/o juice.
He had excellent production till he got suspended for steroids. Hasn't done much at all since then except get hurt alot.

Sure hope this is not a premonition of Cushing.
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I'm thinkin' the neck tattoo must have punctured something and let all the bulk out??

Plus, not nearly as much facial hair?
Looks like it makes you whiter, too...
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I would give him a look, but he'll become a Pat. Then they wont test him and he can bulk up again.
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His best years were under Wade Phillips. I wonder if the Boys will make a run at him?
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Looks like it makes you whiter, too...
I believe the bottom - whiter picture - is the pre-steroid use.

The top is the one after he "supposedly" took performance-enhancing drugs.
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Looks photoshopped to me. Did he also remove his tattoo?
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Wouldn't mind a look. While his production has declined he's at least got the sideline to sideline speed I'd like to see at WLB.

I have a feeling though he'll go to a 3-4 team. Pats, Cowboys ( as someone pointed out his success under Phillips, or possibly Jets.
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Why do you want to look at Merriman. He has done nothing the past 3 years.

2010 - 5 tackles, 1 assis tackle
2009 - 26 tackes, 10 assis tackles 4 sacks and 1 fumble recover
2008 - 1 tackle and 1 assis tackle

Off the juice, he is not very good and cannot stay of IR.

Why waste the time?
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I'd take a look at Merriman if he were willing to come in as a pass rush DE.
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I'd take a look at Merriman if he were willing to come in as a pass rush DE.
Merriman has never been a DE though. Even in college he was a 3-4 OLB
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Merriman has never been a DE though. Even in college he was a 3-4 OLB
Not sure what that has to do with using him as a pass rush end...Kinda like the hybrid role that Barwin played.
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Looks photoshopped to me. Did he also remove his tattoo?
The picture where he was bigger is before, not after...
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