Bills fans have learned the hard way that, just when they start to think that Shawne Merriman will make a contribution, he gets injured. As a result, Bills fans understandably were concerned when Merriman missed practice on Monday.
According to Tim Graham of the Buffalo News, Merriman said he has a tight hamstring.
“If you think about it, this is the first time I’ve practiced this much in three years,” Merriman said. “From OTAs all the way to now, I missed one practice where I rolled my ankle [two weeks ago].
“Other than that, it’s getting used to playing football again, being sore, being able to recover and then go back out there and do it again. That’s what it’s about now.”
So maybe it’s time for Merriman, who has appeared in eight games over the past two seasons, to make an impact. He sounds more than ready.
“I’m happy, man,” Merriman said. “I’m happy playing football again. It’s a feeling I can’t even describe because football has been such a big part of my life. When that’s taken away from you, you start thinking about how much you miss it.”
He’s actually had only one meaningful season since 2008, when he was shut down for the year after Week One with a torn PCL. In all, Merriman has five total sacks in the last five seasons.