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Merriman downgraded to out

Oakland Raiders' Campbell is back to pass against Buffalo Bills Merriman during their NFL football game in Orchard Park Reuters

If the Bills are going to beat the Giants in a rematch of Super Bowl XXV (Scott Norwood just puked, again), they’ll have to do it without linebacker Shawne Merriman.

The team announced that Merriman has been downgraded from doubtful to out.

Veteran linebacker Chris Kelsay also is a scratch, which means that second-year linebackers Danny Batten and Arthur Moats will get the start.

Merriman is suffering from an Achilles’ tendon injury.  It’s an old problem that flared up on Thursday.  Coach Chan Gailey said Merriman’s condition will be evaluated during the bye week.

Merriman has started all five games this season for the 4-1 Bills.

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21 Responses to “Merriman downgraded to out”
  1. joetoronto says: Oct 15, 2011 6:49 PM

    He was so much better when he was roided up, the guy is invisible now.

  2. 7thlombardiontheway says: Oct 15, 2011 7:04 PM

    LOL!!

  3. kckingb says: Oct 15, 2011 7:05 PM

    merriman upgraded to has been

  4. wwwmattcom says: Oct 15, 2011 7:14 PM

    Downgraded to out? At 2:09 today I was informed he didn’t even travel with the team. Zzz.

  5. Patriot42 says: Oct 15, 2011 7:26 PM

    This guy is toast.

  6. wwwmattcom says: Oct 15, 2011 7:33 PM

    …..still better than Posluzney!

  7. papertiger418 says: Oct 15, 2011 7:45 PM

    Light’s OUT, baby!!

  8. artflooney says: Oct 15, 2011 8:14 PM

    There goes any chance at the playoffs.

  9. dirte42 says: Oct 15, 2011 8:53 PM

    please…. merriman is garbage. we never should have signed him, let alone RESIGNED him….

  10. eaglesandravens says: Oct 15, 2011 9:00 PM

    And now the chances of the bills winning have gone from questionable to probable this Sunday.

  11. cluelessdufus says: Oct 15, 2011 9:18 PM

    Never in is career he was ever good he has been garbage when the NFL found out he was on steroids his career when down in to the toilet. I feel bad for Chargers fans who wasted 2nd round pick when they could have found a replacement for LT cause he was old

  12. cluelessdufus says: Oct 15, 2011 9:35 PM

    wwwmattcom says
    still better than posluzney.
    ——————————————————
    HOW please tell me how hopefully your joking it least posluzney stays healthey and not on steroids he makes a factor on defense and is a good linebacker merriman was out 13 games out last season with the same injury he has now merriman garbage

  13. trollaikman8 says: Oct 15, 2011 9:35 PM

    I think Ralph Wilson must’ve performed the physical himself. Who in there right mind would clinically clear this guy for a contract? twice?

  14. raiderapologist says: Oct 15, 2011 9:55 PM

    Quintin Groves started the first five games this year, too. Groves has 19 tackles, one forced fumble, 0 sacks. Merriman has 9 tackles. Groves lost his job to a guy that’s been in town for two days. The trade deadline hasn’t passed, Buffalo. Make a move.

  15. gobills716 says: Oct 15, 2011 10:37 PM

    To everyone who is calling Merriman “garbage” and “washed up”, etc… He hasn’t been a complete bust this year. He has been getting pressure, he just hasn’t gotten a ton of sacks; but then again, the Bills Defense hasn’t gotten too many sacks so far this season either. Don’t get too excited, this means out two OLB are Danny Batten and Arthur Moats…They’re sitting him because the Bye Week is coming up. Makes sense, especially when I would assume the Giants are going to run the ball quite a bit this week.

  16. skoobyfl says: Oct 16, 2011 12:48 AM

    What is the Bills record?? 4-1? Yeah, they might be making some good choices this year, better than most. SM will get healthy for the playoffs, which is where he matters.

  17. jcdavey2011 says: Oct 16, 2011 6:33 AM

    he’shad 1 sack for buffalo this season, and it came in their one loss

    he’s hardly been an impact player for them

    so this ‘out’ is much ado about nothing

    the important thing for this weekend, is which eli shows up and if the bills can int yet another qb 4 times in one game (brady and vick)

  18. elwaysbrain says: Oct 16, 2011 7:58 AM

    He’s been “out” since the season started. Stick a roid in him, he’s done.

  19. wwwmattcom says: Oct 16, 2011 9:10 AM

    Clueless,
    Poz only looks good when the play is already 5-7 yards down field. He definitely gets involved in the play, just too late. Are you a Bills fan? If you are you don’t watch games. You don’t invest 6/42 mil, money in a guy who is NOT a leader and makes late plays.
    SM definitely doesn’t have the explosiveness that he used to but Poz NEVER did and Merriman hasn’t blown any pass coverages. He’s always in the right spot. SM hasn’t been a game changer but Poz isn’t either. I am VERY happy Poz is gone, he was getting stale. I see he has 39 Tackles in Jacksonville, but they are 1-4. London Fletcher and Takeo Spikes has those kinds of numbers on bad Bills teams, wonder why they weren’t resigned?
    FYI Nick Barnett replaced Poz and you can’t dispute Barnett is a MUCH better LB than Poz.

  20. stanmackley says: Oct 16, 2011 9:34 AM

    There’s a reason Poz got shipped out. And performance wise, Merriman is right where he was expected to be- he has not been the every down LB yet this year so sitting out a game isn’t as big a deal as the geniuses make it out to be.

  21. stanmackley says: Oct 17, 2011 5:07 PM

    Nick Barnett > Paul Posluzney

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