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steelsun7
08-21-2008, 07:00 PM
WHISPERS BEGIN REGARDING MERRIMAN’S CONDITION
Posted by Mike Florio on August 21, 2008, 12:22 p.m. EDT

In the wake of a report that Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman visited with renowned orthopedist James Andrews regarding Merriman’s knee, we’re hearing that there is quiet concern within the organization that Merriman could be done, after only four NFL seasons.

Merriman had arthroscopic knee surgery during the offseason. He made the trip to Alabama to see Dr. Andrews because of persistent pain in the knee. (Curiously, there’s a conflict between the two major San Diego papers regarding the identity of the doctor who performed the procedure. The North County Times says that it was Andrews. The Union-Tribune claims that it was team physician David Chao.)

Officially, coach Norv Turner says he isn’t worried. “My concern will be if it lingers,” Turner said Wednesday. “Hopefully, it won’t linger and hopefully in the next week to 10 days, he’s going to be all right and ready to get going.”

As we hear it, there’s already concern, behind the scenes. Nothing may come of it, and Merriman might end up being fine. But the team is definitely worried about the possibility that Merriman could be done.

“He’s had some soreness,” Turner said. “I think he wants to make sure he gets it checked out and make sure everything is all right with it. When he’s been able to practice and move around, he’s looked awfully good to me.”

There’s no denying that Merriman is awfully good. But, like most athletes, it’s hard to do much of anything with a bum knee.

I dont wish injury on anyone but can you say "karma".

Les 74
08-21-2008, 07:09 PM
Wonder if this has anything to do with his "roiding up??" :twisted:

AkronSteel
08-21-2008, 07:31 PM
Wow.....didn't even realize he was having a problem. If the worst case scenario were to occur that would be a huge loss for SD. Not sure where they would get a replacement for that kind of production. It sure would make things easier for the Steelers OL in November. :D I wouldn't wish injury on anyone though, so here's hoping he will be okay.

NKySteeler
08-21-2008, 07:42 PM
I wouldn't wish injury on anyone though, so here's hoping he will be okay.

Agreed... But as you said, I hope it's AFTER Nov 16th... :wink:
...BTW... that game is the first week, I believe, that is possibly affected by the "flex scheduling".

AkronSteel
08-21-2008, 07:46 PM
I do believe that is the first week of flex scheduling but I'm sure with the quality of those teams I'm sure that CBS won't give it up!

NKySteeler
08-21-2008, 07:48 PM
I do believe that is the first week of flex scheduling but I'm sure with the quality of those teams I'm sure that CBS won't give it up!

I honestly don't recall the rules... There are a handful that they can protect. Is that right?

AkronSteel
08-21-2008, 08:00 PM
I do believe that is the first week of flex scheduling but I'm sure with the quality of those teams I'm sure that CBS won't give it up!

I honestly don't recall the rules... There are a handful that they can protect. Is that right?

Yeah, I believe each broadcasting station (CBS & FOX) can protect 2-3 games per week. I believe that is why we were stuck watching the Patriots playing two Sunday nights in a row last year.