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Shawne Merriman confident he’ll be healthy, contributing

Shawne Merriman, Reggie Torbor, Marcell Dareus AP

Shawne Merriman has played just five games since the Bills claimed him off waivers during the 2010 season. But Merriman says he has a big future ahead of him in Buffalo.

Merriman told BuffaloBills.com that the Achilles problems that have bothered him for three years should be solved now because he finally had surgery, and that he believes that surgery is going to have him looking like the Merriman of old.

“The Achilles is such a unique injury,” Merriman said. “It’s not one of those things where you look at it and say, ‘Let’s go fix it right now.’ But we reached a point where it was time to get it done. I was very pleased as far as how things went with the surgery. I feel great now. Obviously I’m still in a bit of rehab process with slight limitations. For the most part though, I feel great.”

Merriman started his career on a tear, with 39.5 sacks in 42 games in his first three seasons. In the last four seasons, however, he has played in just 23 games and recorded just five sacks. It’s been so long since Merriman played well that it’s easy to forget he’s only 27 years old, but Merriman says he’s finally back.

“Absolutely,” he said, “I’m going to be 100 percent.”

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32 Responses to “Shawne Merriman confident he’ll be healthy, contributing”
  1. Punk says: Apr 23, 2012 7:45 AM

    If he starts playing like the Merriman of old, I’d have him tested for steroids again.

    I’m not sure there has ever been a more clear cut case of a player making his money off cheating and then playing like a girl when he has to do it straight.

    Why is this guy still in the NFL?

  2. bigbillsfan says: Apr 23, 2012 7:46 AM

    Simply stated ” talk is cheap” I need to see him produce on the field. If he can’t then move on to someone who will!

  3. talkintrashallday says: Apr 23, 2012 7:46 AM

    Future Jaguar

  4. jckappler says: Apr 23, 2012 7:49 AM

    Good Morning! Juice Anyone? As a Bills, I am not holding my breath on this guy making a return

  5. gadzod says: Apr 23, 2012 7:50 AM

    We can only hope he gets better and starts to show it on the field. If not, he will end up getting released and/or he will end up coming off the bench. Our defense is slowly starting to come together and an addition of Kuechly/Gilmore/Barron/Kirkpatrick will only solidify our defense.

  6. pftcensorssuck says: Apr 23, 2012 7:52 AM

    Juiced

  7. jigwig13 says: Apr 23, 2012 7:53 AM

    I wonder how they are going to use him..the d could be ranked very high

  8. lumas101 says: Apr 23, 2012 7:57 AM

    I think the best news for both Merriman and the Bills is that he is going to be a reserve defensive end. His role with the team will most likely be to play 15-20 snaps a game and do nothing besides go get the quarterback. And with Mario Williams, Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus to worry about, opposing offenses won’t be able to focus on Merriman.

  9. dawkinseffect says: Apr 23, 2012 8:00 AM

    Thats what happens when you get off the roids…your muscles get weaker and you can’t handle the workload

  10. fitzmagic1212 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:00 AM

    As a bills fan anything we can get out of him is great! Expect nothing though!!

  11. luvnlfe says: Apr 23, 2012 8:07 AM

    As a Bills Homer all i can say is i really hope he’s back…the difference between being a great defense and being totally awesome could be in his hands…can’t wait to see the Bills chase down Brady…or Sanchez…or Tebow…or Tannehill or Gerrard. Super Mario meets Lights Out…QB pinball…how can that not be worth the price of admission…

  12. slowclyde86 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:11 AM

    No focus necessary for Merriman. You cut off his supplier, you cut off hiss pass rush.

  13. thekingdave says: Apr 23, 2012 8:12 AM

    @lumas101

    They play the same position, and even if they didn’t, your logic makes zero sense.

  14. EJ says: Apr 23, 2012 8:15 AM

    I hope he is finally ready to put the injuries behind him and focus on joining the stampede of this Buffalo D. Go Bills!!!!

  15. mungman69 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:18 AM

    Hey, he’s old. When you get old injuries happen much more often.

  16. amaf21 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:18 AM

    His HGH must’ve just arrived in the mail.

  17. wwwmattcom says: Apr 23, 2012 8:22 AM

    @ Punk

    Alex Rodriguez comes to mind. Manny Ramirez, Jason Giambi quite a few baseball players. Merriman also put a target on his back with off field drama.

    Although he had a huge decline he wasn’t the only one using. Goes to show you the NFL is a meat market and guys have much shorter careers.

    In MLB you can go from hitting HR to hitting singles and still be considered useful. In the NFL you can’t allow yourself to be blocked after having gotten sacks. You may as well be Aaron Maybin and hope for coverage sacks. What team other than the Jets likes that idea?

  18. pftcensorssuck says: Apr 23, 2012 8:28 AM

    mungman69 says:Apr 23, 2012 8:18 AM

    Hey, he’s old. When you get old injuries happen much more often.
    ———————————————————-
    Right.

    He’s twenty freakin’ seven.

    Did you even READ the story?

  19. thereisalwaysnextyear says: Apr 23, 2012 8:28 AM

    One can’t compare his play years ago because it was all built on roids. This guy is done. His body is breaking down because of the roids and he was apparently never really that good (without cheating that is).

  20. boltdaddy says: Apr 23, 2012 8:29 AM

    SM is a better salesman than football player…and he’s not a very good salesman. SM is done, what a waste.

  21. djteknision1200 says: Apr 23, 2012 8:40 AM

    There was plenty of people hating on Jason Taylor in 2006 when he made mention that Merriman should not be a candidate for the 2006 DPOY award because of his 4 game suspension due to the juice. I guess it is now very clear that without it, Merriman is having trouble to even get on the field.

  22. bigshadetree says: Apr 23, 2012 8:55 AM

    Unlee won’t be 100% unless he’s back cycling

  23. sketchydave says: Apr 23, 2012 9:01 AM

    Last time I checked, it’s kinda hard to get leverage with even a slightly nagging achilles injury. He postponed surgery in 2010. Did some kind of treatment to clear up scar tissue. Played preseason pretty good, in practices looked as if he was back… Few games in, achilles just got worse. Dude is only 27 he’s worth it to keep around, doing it before at a pro bowl level instead of showing promise and not done it before are two different things. He’s a monster when healthy and underrated at playing the run, seals the edge nice.

  24. dspyank2k11 says: Apr 23, 2012 9:23 AM

    Bills fan here: we will see

  25. phishead1313 says: Apr 23, 2012 9:24 AM

    The only thing that will be “LIGHTS OUT” is his career. Take away his PEDS and he is irrelevant..

  26. joetoronto says: Apr 23, 2012 9:33 AM

    Before it was as simple as him coming off roids. Now, he’s off the roids but he’s gotten old too.

    It’s time to admit this mistake and move on.

  27. skoobyfl says: Apr 23, 2012 10:17 AM

    The Bills D-line will make SM look healthy again becasue he’ll be tackling scraps of what’s left of the Bills’ opponent’s offense.

    I’d plan on SM playing for a new contract, so he’ll play real hard.

  28. jeffw says: Apr 23, 2012 10:35 AM

    He’s never been the same since the night Tila Tequila beat his ass…

  29. asublimeday says: Apr 23, 2012 12:16 PM

    The only thing that will have him looking like the merriman of old is steroids.

  30. granadafan says: Apr 23, 2012 3:39 PM

    Merriman needs to talk to Brian Cushing on how to cycle drugs and/or come up with creative excuses when caught.

  31. gobills716 says: Apr 23, 2012 3:51 PM

    Not holding my breath, but if Merriman is remotely ready, this defense will be unreal. Take your pick: Kyle Williams, Marcell Dareus, Mario Williams, Mark Anderson, Chris Kelsay, Shawne Merriman. With or without him, the Bills defense is going to be “lights out” next year.

  32. catquick says: Apr 23, 2012 11:42 PM

    I hope the continual barrage of stooges with the dull wittted Roids comments realize that most likely the guys you admire so much on your team are probably in the same boat. I read once where 80% of NFL players take steroids. It isn’t unique. Also, how many of you said he’s old? He’s 27! He was a monster in preseason last year until the achilles flared up, WITHOUT STEROIDS!, and should be a monster this year with added talent. Good luck Shawn. I’m with you.

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