Shawne Merriman is done in San Diego

The Chargers will no longer wait for Shawne Merriman to get healthy.

The team placed him on injured reserve on Wednesday with a calf injury.  They did so with a “minor-injury designation,” which means its less than a six-week injury.  When Merriman is healthy, the team has to release him.

This will surely end Merriman’s tumultuous six-year run in San Diego.  He was the AP defensive rookie of the year in 2005, and a first-team All Pro in 2006.  Merriman has never truly rebounded from reconstructive surgery in 2008.

At the time, there was some concern Merriman’s career could be over.  He returned in 2009, but hasn’t looked like the same guy he used to be.  Merriman only has five tackles in three games this season.  He’s struggled to stay healthy after missing much of training camp for a misguided holdout. 

Merriman will find work again, but he’s not close to getting a big contract until he proves he can be healthy and productive again. 

81 responses to “Shawne Merriman is done in San Diego

  1. That’s what you get for doing STEROIDS Shawne!!! Lack of ability to recover from injuries and surgeries is a clear sign of this man cheating to get ahead. Cheaters never win!

  2. “Merriman has never truly rebounded from reconstructive surgery in 2008.”
    You mean he never rebounded after being busted for the being on the juice.

  3. Merriman’s been done in San Diego ever since he got off the juice. It just hasn’t become official until now.

  4. “Merriman has never truly rebounded from”…..when he had to stop taking roids.
    He’s as done as the Chargers are.

  5. The guy was a beast…when juiced. He’s had some good games since being clean, but he just hasn’t been the player that so many thought he would be.
    The Charger LB issues continue.

  6. AJ Smith strikes again.
    Michael Turner
    Ladainian Tomlinson
    Ben Leber
    Kassim Osgood
    Merriman will be a bargain basement pickup for someone. Let him get healthy and use him the way a 3-4 OLB should be used and he’s still a top pass rusher.

  7. Well there a second Charger’s jersey I have to retire. First # 21 now #56. I guess the lights are out permanently. Obvious he was never same the player after the knee injury or the PED use. Oh well life goes on. Maybe d-bag AJ should look into the availability of Adaleius Thomas.

  8. Urr, I think you mean, Merriman has never truly rebounded from not being able to use performance enhancing drugs.

  9. I guess they should have traded him to the Saints when they had the chance. Another “misguided” decision by AJ Smith. What a moron. I’m glad he’s not running my team.

  10. No mention of roids? This is unnecessarily above typical PFT standards. Not even a slam on a dead family memeber…

  11. he got the nickname “Lights Out” in HS. Its hard to think that he was juicing ever since then, thru college and his entire career.
    He is done in the NFL.

  12. Damn there’s jersey number 2 that I have to retire, first #21 now #56. I guess the lights are out permanently here in SD. He was never that same after the PED’s and the knee injury. Maybe D-BAG AJ should look into signing Adaelius Thomas, he probably still has enough in the tank to play half a season.

  13. Ha ha ! Couldnt happen to a nicer guy. Probably best to get out of that organization while you can anyway……………. And where you at Humbolt ? Maybe you guys could play in the UFL with the Mountain Lions. I believe thats the same tired line you posted all off season about the Raiders. Good luck with Norvelle ! Im sure there is a video that will surface with you in your basement crying after the game.

  14. Why didn’t they just release him outright??
    What’s the reasoning behind doing it this way??

  15. It is hard to recover from a major injury when you don’t have the advantage of using steroids like he did earlier in his career.

  16. Lots of comments in this thread will say he’s never been the same since the he was caught juicing. Those ppl are wrong, and must not watch football very much. He put up a monster season the following year, all while being tested every single week.
    His knee was not blown out because of steroids, it was the cheap shot that Kevin Mawae put on him, — from behind, after the whistle, away from the play — at the orders of Jeff Fisher. I hope Mawae and Fisher both get the karma that is coming their way.

  17. Instead of “Merriman has never truly rebounded from reconstructive surgery in 2008,” it should say, “Merriman has never truly rebounded since he got caught using steroids.”

  18. As a saints fan I would like to bring him in . Just to see if he would fit well in the Greg Williams blitz-happy defense. That’s his only strength. 3rd down rusher.

  19. He’s the guy who ended Priest Holmes’ career when he was all ‘roided up with an ugly hit. I hope he’s out of the league for good.

  20. timbo51,
    You retire a jersey when the player was great, not when the steroid use creeps up and gets you cut from a team. He’s a disgrace to professional sports with his cheating. Burn the jersey!

  21. Looks like Jerry Jones is finally gonna get his guy, after losing the debate with Tuna over Merriman versus Demarcus Ware.
    This should pave the way for the ‘Boys Super Bowl run.

  22. # benny40 says: October 13, 2010 1:13 PM
    Does anyone else get the feeling that Merriman will end up in New England?
    not a chance, belichick is all about rebuilding with youth and draft picks these days.

  23. Does anyone else get the feeling that Merriman will end up in New England?
    Why? We already have as many ineffective outside linebackers as we need!

  24. People who are claiming that getting of the juice is really what slowed him down have a poor sense of chronology. He got busted before the ’06 season, and he was an All-Pro in ’06 and ’07. I somehow doubt steroids kept helping him for two years after he stopped taking them.
    The year AFTER he got busted he had 17 sacks in 12 games, and was generally a terror in the backfield.
    He may be useless today, but it doesn’t seem to be related to the lack of steroids.

  25. Everyone is talking roids. True. I, for one, will be happy to never see his egotistical “sack dance” he used to do when he was juiced. What a “look at me” fool.

  26. He was done the day he stopped taking steroids.
    Now he is nothing but a name. And his name isnt worth much since he was caught cheating.

  27. # Kiss Bills Rings says: October 13, 2010 1:20 PM
    Why didn’t they just release him outright??
    What’s the reasoning behind doing it this way??
    ——————————————————–
    You’re not allowed to release injured players. You have to wait til they are healthy to do so.

  28. “Lots of comments in this thread will say he’s never been the same since the he was caught juicing. Those ppl are wrong, and must not watch football very much. He put up a monster season the following year, all while being tested every single week.
    His knee was not blown out because of steroids, it was the cheap shot that Kevin Mawae put on him, — from behind, after the whistle, away from the play — at the orders of Jeff Fisher. I hope Mawae and Fisher both get the karma that is coming their way.”
    You make a fair point, in essence, but you’re forgetting the fact that the process of stopping the juicing weakens the body tremendously. Would he have been injured had he been on the stuff? I’m not sure, I don’t remember what he play looked like. I do know that his inability to fully recover from it is probably a result of the drugs. It may not have hindered his ability to perform, but surely, it did his body’s ability to sustain.

  29. two teams will look at him, the Carolina Panthers (who need a end) and the Redskins (3-4 linebacker). I see him being a Redskin though.

  30. Perhaps Buffalo? The team has no pass-rush. Like literally nobody. Plus GM Buddy Nix has San Diego ties. Makes sense from a fans prespective, but then again nothing the Bills do makes any sense.

  31. It was the ‘roids. Career went downhill as fast as Brady Anderson. The sports world is replete with players who, once off the juice, never come close to the players they were.

  32. C’mon TT. 2 year contract? You could probably get him fairly cheap and he will have something to prove. He could be ready to contribute just in time for the playoffs, and will be good and hungry with something to prove.

  33. @ LunarPie- Cheaters never win? I’d say Merriman’s bank account begs to differ…
    @dbartdog-A-roid sure, but I have a problem with putting Jeter in that group. Guy’s record is squeaky clean and never ever been associated with juice.

  34. Like some others said – it’s the knee injury (thanks cheap playing Titans!) that did him in. He had a good year after he was busted.
    Anyone who thinks he’ll become a pro ball LB again is fooling themselves. Merriman wanted a huge new contract and this was the year he needed to turn it on to prove it. And this is what we get.
    He works hard and is a vocal leader. And now sadly just a below average player. Best of luck Shawn!

  35. Now he can go hang out with his friend Glazer and come up with another media frenzied story to highlight himself in Hollywood. Right.

  36. dbartdog,
    That’s baseball, not football. Baseball is america’s pasttime because we are all cheaters in some way. “Football is America’s passion”, Howie Long. This means that no matter what, it all catches up with you. Case in point, LTaylor, L.Alzado…
    timbo51,
    You gotta burn it to rid your house of the spirits a cheater’s jersey will bring to all of your other stuff…

  37. roids = get injured easier, recover faster. no roids = still getting injured, still not recovering from those injuries….or maybe it was the maurice jones drew hit?

  38. Yash,
    What good is a bank account when you’re dying of brain cancer or some other disease from the steroids. Trust me, Merriman hasn’t seen the last of the ramifications of his saucing.

  39. in case people hadn’t noticed
    Shawne Merriman
    suspended for 4 games in 2006 –> 17 sacks in 12 games
    one full season after the suspension 2007 – 12.5 sacks in 15 games
    He was a Second-Team All-Pro selection in his 3rd season i.e. 2007
    so you guys really need to check the stats before blabbering about his steroid use
    He has shown that he can still play at a high level when fit…. it is the knee that is the problem

  40. # Gautam says: October 13, 2010 3:50 PM
    in case people hadn’t noticed
    Shawne Merriman
    suspended for 4 games in 2006 –> 17 sacks in 12 games
    one full season after the suspension 2007 – 12.5 sacks in 15 games
    He was a Second-Team All-Pro selection in his 3rd season i.e. 2007
    so you guys really need to check the stats before blabbering about his steroid use
    He has shown that he can still play at a high level when fit…. it is the knee that is the problem
    —————————————————-
    Trying to use logic and facts when dealing with haters is a admirable trait, however the jerkoffs that post on these boards don’t care about facts, most of them most likely cannot even spell it.
    Especially the Canadian ones. It’s not even a real country anyway!!

  41. most people think it was after the juice when he started to suck. It’s not. he got 12.5 sacks a year and a half after he was suspended. The reconstructive surgery was caused by a dirty filthy cheap shot but Mawae and Stewart on the Titans. It DID cause him to contemplate retirement because of the severity. I actually feel really bad for the guy. He gets so much heat but his bright future was cut short by a cheap shot.

  42. How many times are morons going to reply with the same steroids comments? I’d also guess half the people will secretly be happy if their team snatches up Merriman.
    Injuries have plagued him and the Chargers did him a favor and aren’t holding on to him

  43. The PED comments are tiring, but Merriman brought that on himself. Guys get their knees blown out all the time and manage to come back and be productive. From what I recall, Merriman pissed around about getting his knee fixed and tried to play on it. Maybe the guy just wasn’t committed to his rehab. All it means to me is one less scripted celebration to endure after a guy makes a play he’s being paid to make. Roping a cow, turning out the lights, doing that stupid kick I saw one of the Chargers do after stopping a run after a short gain, or that Denver-esque salute that Rolando McClain does after making a stop are things I don’t want to see.

  44. So heal up on the Chargers bill, come to Green Bay, play middle backer in the same defensive system you’ve played your whole career in, get healthy and strong over the off season, team up with Barnett, the FREAK and Zombo next year, Thats a solid Linebacking corps.

  45. Getting cut by San Diego could be the best thing for Shawn Merriman. The organization is run by an idiot in A. J. Smith. I remember when L.T. was washed up in San Diego. Now, L.T. is starting for the Jets and playing well.
    GO STEELERS!

  46. Wasn’t Merriman’s career shorted by that old
    “overworked athlete’s syndrome” that seems to be going round?

  47. Look, been a Broncos fan my whole life, Don’t ask for much. But if the Broncos do not run out and do what they have to do to get Merriman on this team, then I’ll have to believe were not trying to improve.
    Our linebackers are horrible (Because of injuries mostly). With a healthy Ayers, Dumervil back in the lineup, and Merriman as a role player/pass rush specialist) depth wouldn’t be a huge issue and he could make a huge impact. He’s smart, knows football, he’s just not healthy.
    Sign him for reasonable, Shut him down for the season if you have to, and then roll him out nice and healthy like a shiny new car next season.
    Ayers/Dumervil/Merriman/DJ Williams
    That’s some decent linebackers there. Ayers has really improved rushing the passer this year and having Dumervil next year will help to open up the field for him more. He’s never had any true issues in rushing defense. Having Merriman to come in and spell either of them and compete would only improve the quality of our linebackers.
    Denver do the smart thing. Improve the team with a quality veteran for a reasonable contract. 4 Years 10-12 Million would be fine with the fan base I promise.

  48. jimbrownspimphand says:
    October 13, 2010 6:04 PM
    # Gautam says: October 13, 2010 3:50 PM
    “however the jerkoffs that post on these boards don’t care about facts, most of them most likely cannot even spell it. ”
    —————
    Spell fax?
    Especially the Canadian ones. It’s not even a real country anyway!!
    ———-
    You obviously aren’t in business (who do you think is one of your largest trading partners -oil, minerals etc) ? or public office.

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