Shawne Merriman’s season is over.
The Buffalo Bills announced today that Merriman has been placed on injured reserve, ending his season after five games and one sack. Obviously, that’s not the kind of production the Bills were hoping for when they signed Merriman to a two-year, $10.5 million contract.
Merriman missed the Bills’ Week Six game against the Giants because of an inflamed Achilles tendon, and after it failed to get better over the last couple of weeks, the Bills decided to shut him down.
“Shawne has worked extremely hard, but unfortunately, his Achilles flared back up and it doesn’t appear that he will be able to return to the field anytime soon,” Bills G.M. Buddy Nix said. “So we felt it was in the best interest of our team and for Shawne to put him on I.R.”
Merriman started his career as one of the league’s best defensive players, with 39.5 sacks in his first three seasons. He has a grand total of five sacks in his last four seasons.