Bills send Shawne Merriman to injured reserve

The Bills have given up the ghost.

Linebacker Shawne Merriman became a Bill on November 3, when the team claimed him off waivers from the Chargers.  He’ll likely finish his Bills “career” without a single appearance, as Merriman was placed on season-ending injured reserve Saturday, the team announced.

The injury that ended Merriman’s season was described as a strained Achilles’ tendon.

Just four days after the waiver claim was executed, FOX Sports’ John Cznarnecki reported that Merriman “definitely won’t be re-signing in Buffalo.”  Merriman is scheduled for free agency in 2011.

Merriman played in three games for the Chargers earlier this season, tallying six tackles and no sacks.  He’s recorded just four sacks since the end of the 2007 season, and will hit the open market next spring having appeared in only 18 of a possible 48 games.

The Bills also placed special teamer/linebacker Keith Ellison on injured reserve.  In corresponding moves, rookie receiver Naaman Roosevelt and linebacker Thomas Williams were signed off the practice squad.