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rst08tierney
08-21-2008, 10:52 AM
With all the early problems, Denver might get one early.


Chargers LB Merriman leaves San Diego, gets knee examined

Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman had his knee examined Wednesday in Alabama after lingering soreness kept him out of practice for more than a week.

Merriman underwent surgery to repair cartilage damage five months ago but has had persistent pain in the knee during training camp. He traveled to Birmingham to have the knee looked at by Dr. James Andrews, the surgeon who performed the operation.

"I think he wants to make sure he gets it checked out and make sure everything is all right with it," San Diego coach Norv Turner said after Wednesday's practice. "When he's been able to practice and move around, he's looked awfully good to me."

Merriman hasn't practiced this week and didn't play in a preseason loss Saturday to the St. Louis Rams. He missed three consecutive practices last week because of the sore knee and an illness he described as strep throat and fever.

Turner didn't express significant concern and he's hoping Merriman will be healthy by Sept. 7 when the Chargers open the regular season against the Carolina Panthers.

"I think we have a number of guys that are in that category who have some soreness, and my concern will be if it lingers," Turner said. "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."

Pro Bowl tight end Antonio Gates didn't practice Wednesday, one day after passing a physical and being taken off the physically unable to perform list. Gates had surgery six months ago to repair a tear in the plantar plate of his left foot.

"Obviously, this injury is one of those things you have to kind of handle daily," Gates said. "I continue to monitor it because ideally I want to be at full strength come the opener."

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press
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BroncFanInPA
08-21-2008, 11:16 AM
Given the source, you have to take this with a grain of salt, but the jerk has been right before:


WHISPERS BEGIN REGARDING MERRIMAN’S CONDITION
Posted by Mike Florio on August 21, 2008, 12:22 p.m.

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.

from PFT (http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008/08/21/whispers-begin-regarding-merrimans-condition/)

Broncos724
08-21-2008, 11:28 AM
San Diego is way more than a one-trick pony. They are still a better team than us without Merriman and Gates. Although it those two were out when we played it would make things a lot easier :heh:

BroncFanInPA
08-21-2008, 11:30 AM
IIRC Castillo is also dinged up, combine that with LT's perpetually hurting vag, maybe we can win week 2 :rockon:

Starbroncs
08-21-2008, 12:42 PM
isnt one of their lbs suspended due to steroids?

rainmaker
08-21-2008, 12:53 PM
In an effort to keep this thread from being moved...
It sounds like Nalen's knee...

troylightfoot
08-21-2008, 01:48 PM
good i hope that cheater is done. good riddance. don't let the door hit your bottle of steroids on the way out.

DRUNK
08-21-2008, 02:33 PM
he'll be fine and ready for week 2. As well as Castillo.

Gates is questionable, but was taken off the PUP list and his progression is looking favorable.

baphamet
08-22-2008, 02:08 AM
isnt one of their lbs suspended due to steroids?

cooper, but i dont think it was roids.....some other sort of drug but i could be wrong.

edit: http://www.signonsandiego.com/sports/chargers/20080416-9999-1s16cooper.html

not roids.