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Shawne Merriman To IR

The Chargers have placed Shawne Merriman on IR with a calf injury. The tweet by Chargers PR man Bill Johnston notes that Merriman's been given the "minor injury" designation, which will require him to be released when he's healthy.

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86 comments, Last at 18 Oct 2010, 9:44am

1 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

Not injured reserve. Reserve- injured.

Means the Chargers have to release him when he is healthy in a couple weeks, and he is free to sign and play with any other team at that point.

2 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

He hasn't been the same player since the steroid suspension. Go figure.

3 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

Seriously??? Is that it?? Why do people keep trotting this nonsense out??

He missed games 8-11 of the 2006 season. In games 12-16 of the 2006 season, he had 8.5 sacks (and then one in the playoffs). In the first 13 games of the 2007 season, he had 11 sacks. Week 13, though, the Chargers faced Tennessee and he was the target of a brutal and cheap illegal chop block which basically destroyed his knee.

The steroid result was before the 2006 season. He served his suspension long after the initial test and presumably was subject to other tests that time. The steep decline in his career just simply cannot be traced back to the time when he allegedly "quit the juice." You can, however, draw a straight line back to one of the many illegal, dirty plays that have since given the Titans the reputation they deserve.

Oh, yeah, but he's a moron who dated Tila Tequila so, forget all the evidence: ROIDS !!! ROIDS !!! ROIS !!!

7 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

1) I couldn't give a rats ass who he dates. The fact that you even know makes me wonder if you're spending too much time reading people magazine.

2) When you quit steroids, your body doesn't flip a switch. Your body slowly and gradually reverts to something approaching its natural state. The fact that his deterioration took time is only logical.

13 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

But he has been. The steroid result was in Spring 2006. The suspension was in the middle of 06. He still played well after that for at least a year, before having his knee blown up.

20 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

Since we don't even know for sure that he doesn't use steroids anymore, I have to agree with the others that the knee injury is a more likely reason for his decline. In any case, this sucks for him and Charger fans.

22 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

"When you quit steroids, your body doesn't flip a switch. Your body slowly and gradually reverts to something approaching its natural state."
It doesn't take years for roids to wear off. You'd have been better off just saying "I guess I was wrong" than making yourself look even sillier.

44 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

Depends on a lot of things. How much was he taking? How long was he taking them? What did he replace them with? What is his physiology?

Of course, you'd rather bury your head in the sand and forget that your hero turned out to be a juicer. That's OK.

50 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

Also, consider that the type of steroids he was using were the kind most useful in facilitating a quick recovery from injury. It's very possible he never had the body to play at the nfl without steroids propping up his health all along the way.

71 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

No.

He tested positive for Nandrolone. Its effects wear off within SIX WEEKS. He would have lost ~25 pounds fast if he was really juicing with that substance.

Just google for it.

edit: If he was using steroids in small doses to help injuries recover faster, it would be different.

75 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

Wasn't he using steroids for quick recovery time for almost certain then? What would be the point of juicing to put on weight with a steroid that then drops a ton of weight the moment you stop?

39 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

1A) In psg's defense, the Tequila/Merriman saga was BIG news for a brief period of time last year after he was arrested for allegedly choking her. No Gossip rag reading required, it was a staple talk item on every sports show, and I'm relatively sure it received an Extra Point here.

72 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

Extra point, front page of espn.com, etc. The fact that the responder didn't know about the situation speaks more to someone not paying attention to the NFL over the last few years.

Player X arrested for reason Y is news these days.

8 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

Not necessarily disagreeing with you here, but I'm guessing it's possible for the benefits of steroid use to linger for a while after an athlete has stopped using them......

5 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

People always say this. However, part of his 2006 season was after the suspension, and his 2007 season earned a second team all-pro nod. There is a much greater dividing line in his career after the knee injury of 2007, rather than the suspension of 2006.

70 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

It's not a switch. You don't stop taking steroids and then suddenly become weak. It's like the other guy said. Say you work out every day, get ripped, and then decide you never feel like moving again. The muscles would slowly but surely disappear over time. This case would be less extreme, since Merriman was sure to be working out hard, but the peak his body could stay at was becoming weaker and weaker without the steroids.

4 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

Well I do think the roids are the reason he is so injury prone now.

42 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

I blame Kevin Mawae, the Titans' C in 2007. He was never the same after Mawae jumped on his ankle in a SD overtime win in Nashville. He played out the season, thought he could get by without surgery, was wrong, lost a year of football, and just never really recovered.

84 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

The Titans also took out Rodney Harrison's knee on a cheapshot block that kept him out for all of the 2006 playoffs (and I'm convinced partially contributed to the Pats' inability to cover tight ends against the Colts that year and led to that awful collapse). Sometimes I forget how much I hate the Titans

85 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

just wrotoe about this play in other therad. then saw comment about it here.

had no dog in tits-pats fight. harrison deserved injury. on play befoore he jumped into pile after play
ended and twisted a titans player ankle. if remember correctly player was Bobby Wade. On next play Wade seek out harrison and injur e him. at least wade do it during play. harrison causue trouble after whistle blew. real bum he is.

somehow pates fans alwyas forget about play before harrison get injured.

6 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

Someone will eventually say it, so....

Eli Manning trade still lopsided?

11 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

The Giants get Eli Manning, the Chargers get Philip Rivers and something with a non-negative value. So, yes, still lopsided.

12 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

You traded a QB with a 79.4 rating for one with a 96.7 (.1 from being best of all time).

Throw in a first round draft pick, who gave you 3 pro bowl seasons, and a few other draft picks.

Yes, still lopsided.

17 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

In reply to by ChrisInCT (not verified)

Others have already chimed in, but yes, it's still a clear win for the Chargers. Even if it had just been Rivers for Eli straight up, that would still be a win for the Chargers.

That said, I'm sure the Giants can feel happy about how it all turned out. After all, the point is to win the Super Bowl, and they did. So unless you think the Giants would have won multiple Super Bowls with Rivers (I don't), then it turned out fine for all parties involved.

38 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

In reply to by Revenge of the NURBS (not verified)

The quarterbacks in question are each 29 years old! It's a bit early to declare an end to history and the issue settled, don't you think?

41 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

It's too early to say with absolute certainty, but five weeks into their seventh season in the league, I think it's reasonable to say that while Eli is a good quarterback and has had a nice career to date, Rivers is a substantially better quarterback and has had a better career to date. Something moderately peculiar would have to happen for Rivers not to have more value over his career as a whole.

45 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

In reply to by ChrisInCT (not verified)

I think it's less lopsided in favor of the Chargers, but still lopsided.

Phillip Rivers - on the cusp of being considered "Elite".
Shawne Merriman - Few good seasons, on his way out.
Nate Kaeding - Few good seasons, now a complete head case.

Is Rivers a better QB than Eli Manning? Yes. By that definition, it's an upgrade.

Is Rivers also a punk bitch? Yes.

9 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

He's released because its designation is 'minor injury'?

Okay, so Pitssburgh could use a linebacker who's not in his 30s...
Who am I kidding.

10 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

Bulk him up to play situational DE.

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Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.

16 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

like the Raiders?

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Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.

24 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

Raiders are good now. 2-3 should be 3-2 but fine 2-3 it is but poiint is team good now. Will stay good. Will make playoffs. Porbably going to be 10-6 or better. Will win division.

27 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

If the Raiders go 10-6 or better I'll quit posting here.
You up for the other side of that?

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Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.

57 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

If time travel is invented will you give your mom this quarter so she can afford a coat hanger?

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Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.

63 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

This is offensive and disgusting. Fuck you dude. I hope you lose your hands in a car crash so you can never post here again.

56 Re: Shawne Merriman To IR

so you admit you're just all talk?

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Men are more ready to repay an injury than a benefit because gratitude is a burden and revenge a pleasure.