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Shawne Merriman already injured in Buffalo

Linebacker Shawne Merriman has practiced for the first time with the Buffalo Bills. 

And he’s already injured.

Per the Associated Press, Merriman exited practice after injuring his lower right leg during individual drills.

He limped off the field, had his ankle checked by a trainer, and then left practice.

Merriman was claimed on waivers last week by the Bills after being released from the Chargers’ injured reserve list.  He had passed a physical several weeks after suffering a calf injury.

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37 Responses to “Shawne Merriman already injured in Buffalo”
  1. Bears_Beets_Battlestar says: Nov 10, 2010 4:13 PM

    Who wouldn’t fake an injury on the Bills? I wouldn’t want to play there! Yikes!

  2. PackerRube13 says: Nov 10, 2010 4:16 PM

    Lights out. On his career.

  3. St8_Ca$h_Homey says: Nov 10, 2010 4:20 PM

    Dear Mr. Merriman,
    Have fun playing in the UFL.
    Sincerely,
    HGH

  4. MotorCityKitties says: Nov 10, 2010 4:21 PM

    I was looking forward to watching the one-arm bandit Hill dice him up on Sunday. Oh well, back to Tila Tequila’s house.

  5. buffobeel says: Nov 10, 2010 4:29 PM

    WHATEVER HAPPENED TO CLEARING A MEDICAL BEFORE SIGNING SOMEONE??
    Wow, Buddy, you are sure impressing everyone with your research!
    example:
    “Hey, Shawn, this is your ol’ pal, Buddy! How ya feelin’?”. “I’ll come play my heart for ya’ “Yeah, but how are ya, how’s the leg?”, ” Great Bud, let’s get me signed!”” Why suuure, I know you will be ‘Light’s Out in Buffalo”. “Yeah, yeah, where’s that pen?”

  6. The Hogster says: Nov 10, 2010 4:31 PM

    What genius in Buffalo looked at that roster and said “Hmm All we need is an Outside Linebacker!”
    That’s what they get for even claiming him. FAIL

  7. klungemonger says: Nov 10, 2010 4:32 PM

    This can’t possibly surprise anybody. This clutz has needed his own personal MASH unit for years.

  8. timbo51 says: Nov 10, 2010 4:33 PM

    Coincedence? He was injured the first day of practice after he signed his tender in S.D. Now he is injured after first practice in Buffalo? HAHAHAHA. I wish I wouldn’t have wasted my money buying his jersey 2 years ago.

  9. wwwmattcom says: Nov 10, 2010 4:34 PM

    Wow, that was fast… a little too fast.

  10. citizenmatt says: Nov 10, 2010 4:35 PM

    According to WGR it doesn’t look serious.
    Jeez, talk about a lot of knee-jerking in here.

  11. rpiotr01 says: Nov 10, 2010 4:40 PM

    He’s not hurt, he just wanted to get away from the Bills.

  12. FloridaMike says: Nov 10, 2010 4:45 PM

    Shocking.

  13. rjgreen3 says: Nov 10, 2010 4:46 PM

    More roids please!

  14. ninjapleazee says: Nov 10, 2010 4:47 PM

    0-8… I’d be injured too

  15. Dostovel says: Nov 10, 2010 4:49 PM

    Wow. Almost as mysterious as a missle launch off the CA coast as quickly as there was an EMP disabled cruise ship…
    Everyone put on your tin foil hershey kiss hats…

  16. NinersRule! says: Nov 10, 2010 4:50 PM

    Im really glad he didnt end up in SF

  17. Big J says: Nov 10, 2010 4:52 PM

    It seems like something is missing from Merriman, he looks a lot smaller. I wonder what it could be?

  18. xStaticOnRadio says: Nov 10, 2010 4:54 PM

    “What genius in Buffalo looked at that roster and said ‘Hmm All we need is an Outside Linebacker!’
    That’s what they get for even claiming him. FAIL”
    ——————————————————
    So, you’re saying that because the Bills have more needs than just an outside linebacker that they should just not address that position?
    Real smart there, Matt Millen.
    The Bills had an opportunity to add a guy who was among the most dominant defensive players in the game as recently as a couple of years ago. Contrary to the popular belief, Merriman actually had his best season AFTER being off of steroids. he’s been ineffective due to an injury which he attempted to play through for years. If he can just get healthy again, the Bills got a steal.
    And if he doesn’t get healthy? What’s the worst that can happen? They lose another game?

  19. Meldog says: Nov 10, 2010 5:08 PM

    wow, lots of people hating the Bills today.
    The guy has every incentive to play this season and play well. If he doesn’t, his career high contract is already behind him at age 26.
    Maybe he pulled something and needed to leave practice.

  20. Byrd Is The Word says: Nov 10, 2010 5:13 PM

    Bears_Beets_Battlestar says:
    November 10, 2010 4:13 PM
    Who wouldn’t fake an injury on the Bills? I wouldn’t want to play there! Yikes!
    ————————-
    Afraid of a lil snow? Wimp.

  21. The Hogster says: Nov 10, 2010 6:09 PM

    @Xstatic Radio: You wrote
    “So, you’re saying that because the Bills have more needs than just an outside linebacker that they should just not address that position?
    Real smart there, Matt Millen.
    The Bills had an opportunity to add a guy who was among the most dominant defensive players in the game as recently as a couple of years ago. Contrary to the popular belief, Merriman actually had his best season AFTER being off of steroids. he’s been ineffective due to an injury which he attempted to play through for years. If he can just get healthy again, the Bills got a steal.
    And if he doesn’t get healthy? What’s the worst that can happen? They lose another game?”
    ________________________________
    This post reveals your lack of knowledge. Let me help you understand.
    1) When you claim a player off of waivers, the claiming team has to assume the contract of the waived player and pay him the salary he is owed under his contract.
    2) Merriman signed was looking for a new deal as an RFA. He reluctantly signed his One Year Tender.
    3) The Bills claimed a player that is only under contract for the remaining 8 games and who had already expressed his desire for a long-term deal.
    So, the Bills didn’t “address a need” because Merriman does not want to play there, and you only have the rights to him for another 8 games…and counting. What the Bills did was waste money on an expensive rental of a disgruntled, and injured Linebacker when he will not even impact their season.
    He will go to the highest bidder in the warmest weather after the season. I expect it to be the Dolphins since they are the other team to put in a claim for him.
    Now whose Matt Millen? The other 31 teams saved their money and still have a better chance to sign him next year when he’s a Free Agent. He has no incentive to risk injury on an 0-8 team that he will not play for next year. He will play it like a business man and stay healthy hoping for the long-term deal he wanted.
    Good job skippy!!

  22. winslow says: Nov 10, 2010 6:10 PM

    He lasted longer than I expected.

  23. Buck Stallion says: Nov 10, 2010 6:25 PM

    Regardless of what you think of Merriman, it was not a bad idea to claim him. The possible upside far outweighs the worst case scenario of having to pay him for 8 games on IR.

  24. Jim_Kelly12 says: Nov 10, 2010 6:48 PM

    The Hogster says:
    November 10, 2010 6:09 PM
    @Xstatic Radio: You wrote
    “So, you’re saying that because the Bills have more needs than just an outside linebacker that they should just not address that position?
    Real smart there, Matt Millen.
    The Bills had an opportunity to add a guy who was among the most dominant defensive players in the game as recently as a couple of years ago. Contrary to the popular belief, Merriman actually had his best season AFTER being off of steroids. he’s been ineffective due to an injury which he attempted to play through for years. If he can just get healthy again, the Bills got a steal.
    And if he doesn’t get healthy? What’s the worst that can happen? They lose another game?”
    ____________________ ____________
    This post reveals your lack of knowledge. Let me help you understand.
    1) When you claim a player off of waivers, the claiming team has to assume the contract of the waived player and pay him the salary he is owed under his contract.
    2) Merriman signed was looking for a new deal as an RFA. He reluctantly signed his One Year Tender.
    3) The Bills claimed a player that is only under contract for the remaining 8 games and who had already expressed his desire for a long-term deal.
    So, the Bills didn’t “address a need” because Merriman does not want to play there, and you only have the rights to him for another 8 games…and counting. What the Bills did was waste money on an expensive rental of a disgruntled, and injured Linebacker when he will not even impact their season.
    He will go to the highest bidder in the warmest weather after the season. I expect it to be the Dolphins since they are the other team to put in a claim for him.
    Now whose Matt Millen? The other 31 teams saved their money and still have a better chance to sign him next year when he’s a Free Agent. He has no incentive to risk injury on an 0-8 team that he will not play for next year. He will play it like a business man and stay healthy hoping for the long-term deal he wanted.
    Good job skippy!!
    ____________________
    Ummm,
    1) Merriman signed around a 3 million dollar tender, half of which was already paid by Chargers.
    2) Merriman has every incentive to play to prove he still can! Why would he sit on the bench and wait for free agency when he can try to prove he’s not washed up.
    3) The Bills are 0-8, why not see what he can do for them. It’s a win-win situation.
    Conclusion – 1.5 million to see what a former Pro-Bowler can do ? Why not??
    Merriman makes much more money if he plays and plays well then if he sits and waits til next year…. Matt Millen.

  25. Ike Kelley says: Nov 10, 2010 6:56 PM

    Buddy Nix could improve the Bills immensely by cutting Merriman now — as in NOW.
    Addition by subtraction.

  26. turboreattore says: Nov 10, 2010 7:07 PM

    Merriman had 3 great season, after that he was sentenced by the league for using steroids. It’s a coincidence that since he didn’t take steroids he’s always injured or an awful player?

  27. vtboarder says: Nov 10, 2010 7:11 PM

    Ba-ba-booey

  28. hitwjk says: Nov 10, 2010 7:14 PM

    Get him out of the news, he had good games, now he is more injury prone than Betty White.

  29. Backinthesaddle says: Nov 10, 2010 7:25 PM

    I think it’s Lights Out for Shawnes’ career….although I doubt he’ll be doing his obnoxious little Lights Out sack dance anytime soon.
    I have no sympathy for obnoxious turds.

  30. roscoe says: Nov 10, 2010 7:37 PM

    Relax everyone, it’s just his body reacting to being unable to juice up after years of being on the ol’ roids.
    Say hello to irrelevancy, Mr. Douchebag Merriman. A year from now, the only way he’ll be doing the Lights Out dance will be when he gets a sack using his favorite team in Madden 12.

  31. The Hogster says: Nov 10, 2010 7:45 PM

    @Jim_Kelly12
    Ummm,
    1) Merriman signed around a 3 million dollar tender, half of which was already paid by Chargers.
    2) Merriman has every incentive to play to prove he still can! Why would he sit on the bench and wait for free agency when he can try to prove he’s not washed up.
    3) The Bills are 0-8, why not see what he can do for them. It’s a win-win situation.
    Conclusion – 1.5 million to see what a former Pro-Bowler can do ? Why not??
    Merriman makes much more money if he plays and plays well then if he sits and waits til next year…. Matt Millen.
    ________________________________
    I’ll take these in order.
    1) Ummm yeah, the Chargers have paid half of his 3 million dollar tender and the season is half over. Not to mention he’s been on Injured Reserve as he awaits a new deal. 1.5 million for the “hope” of him all of a sudden playing is unwise. Especially when you are 0-8, and have no shot at re-signing him. Why would you pay him to audition for other clubs when he’s a Free Agent? It’s not like you can trade him if he plays well, if at all.
    2) Actually Merriman has no incentive to play right now. He has every incentive to sit out and not risk injury. If he goes out and blows a knee, he also blows millions of dollars in a new deal. (See Leon Washington). But, if he sits out, gets healthier and hits free agency, he wins. People know he can still play, what they don’t know is whether he can stay healthy. Why risk that for the Bills without the security of a long-term contract. Answer. You don’t. Which is why he has been on IR all year with a Minor Injury Designation. Other words – he’s faking hurt to avoid playing.
    3) Why would Merriman care about “showing the Bills what he can do for them.”?? That’s not a win. It would be a win for the Bills, but not Merriman. (See Javon Walker) He held out for a long-term deal, but caved under pressure from Brett Favre. He promptly tore his ACL. Bye. It makes no sense for him to play right now.
    4) The end of your post is plain wrong. Merriman does NOT make more money if he plays for the Bills. You’re just flat wrong on that. He makes the same regardless. What he is trying to do is force them to release him and make him a Free Agent so that he can go to a team where he can sign a long-term deal.
    Apparently you don’t pay attention or understand NFL contract negotiations. Why do you think players like Marcus McNeill, Vincent Jackson, Logan Mankins etc refuse to play under a One Year Tender. Answer – Because you have NO SECURITY. If you get hurt, you are toast. This makes sense to every other team but the Bills, who also happen to be 0-8.
    That lesson was free. The next one will cost you.
    3)

  32. winslow says: Nov 10, 2010 8:12 PM

    The Bills lack talent but not heart. They play hard.
    All of which makes them the mirror image of the Cowboys.

  33. CJ SPILLER says: Nov 10, 2010 8:14 PM

    Bears_Beets_Battlestar says:
    November 10, 2010 4:13 PM
    Who wouldn’t fake an injury on the Bills? I wouldn’t want to play there! Yikes!
    _______________________________
    Yeah duche, the Bears are just world beaters too, you are the same idiot that traveled all the way to Canada to see the crapy Bears…..let me tell you….they suck. Cutler is a choke. Fitzpatrick is better than Cutler. No one wants to play for the Bears either…..they will finish in last place in the division, you can bank on it.

  34. vtboarder says: Nov 10, 2010 8:24 PM

    Ta-ta-toothy

  35. joetoronto says: Nov 10, 2010 8:31 PM

    He’s perfect for Buffalo, he’s a loser.

  36. Cmscully says: Nov 10, 2010 10:34 PM

    Hogster -
    1. “People know he can still play, what they don’t know is whether he can stay healthy”
    So you are stating that the Chargers paid half of Merriman’s salary and then released him knowing that he can still play at a high level and no other team offered draft picks to the Chargers knowing he can still play at a high level so he could go to any other team?
    2. “Other words – he’s faking hurt to avoid playing”
    And you believe that the way you show the rest of the NFL that you are healthy is by not playing and “faking” injury when you already have a reputation for being oft-injured and a prima donna?
    3. “What he is trying to do is force them to release him and make him a Free Agent so that he can go to a team where he can sign a long-term deal.”
    And you believe that it is more likely an NFL front office will offer him a high dollar long term contract if he sits and “fakes” injury then if he finishes the year with good numbers and healthy?
    4. “Why would you pay him to audition for other clubs when he’s a Free Agent?”
    Finally, you think it is a mistake for a team that has lost 2 veteran playmaking linebackers for the season and is playing rookies to sign, even if only for the rest of the season, a former star for 1.5 million.
    Your post makes no sense. Please clarify again how an oft injured player who has a reputation for being injured and a prima donna increases his possibility of signing a long term deal by faking injury and not playing? I can’t stop laughing at this logic.
    Tell me again how signing a playmaker, if only for the rest of this season, is a mistake when you desperately need depth at that position and perhaps he can show some of the rookies how the position is played.
    Since you have such a football mind, tell me the last linebacker who was oft injured that was signed as a free agent to a high dollar and long term deal?

  37. jackburtonsspawn says: Nov 11, 2010 8:38 AM

    When Maybin shows you up you’ve got issues.

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