Shawne Merriman may never suit up for the Bills

In his first practice as a waiver-claim member of the Buffalo Bills, linebacker Shawne Merriman suffered a lower leg injury.

Asked whether Merriman will practice this week as the two-wins-in-a-row Bills prepare to host the Steelers, coach Chan Gailey was blunt.

“Don’t see that,” Gailey said, per Joe Buscaglia of WGR radio, “I don’t see that this week.”

Asked whether Merriman will play at all in 2010, Gailey didn’t have a clear answer.

“I don’t know, that’s a good question,” Gailey said.  “I think that would be something that I would have to address each and every week to see where he is and see what the doctors say and see what’s going to happen with that.  I don’t know that yet.”

With only six games to play, it looks like there’s a good chance that Merriman never will play for the Bills.