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jdubv724
08-27-2008, 07:33 AM
http://www.profootballtalk.com/2008/08/27/every-doctor-told-merriman-to-have-surgery/
Posted by Michael David Smith on August 27, 2008, 10:24 a.m. EDT

As Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman toured the country this week to get medical opinions on his injured knee, doctors everywhere told him the same thing: Have surgery.

Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports, citing an unnamed source, that the recommendation from all the doctors has been to have surgery immediately to repair his torn PCL and LCL. Such surgery would force Merriman to miss the entire 2008 season.

Merriman would likely be able to play through the pain in his knee if he doesn’t have surgery, but he would be hobbled all year. And if he’s hobbled, is he better than Jyles Tucker, who the Chargers obviously think is going to be a very good player?

Merriman and the Chargers are expected to make a decision before the Chargers have to reduce their roster to 53 players on Saturday afternoon.

getlynched47
08-27-2008, 08:34 AM
:clap:

Our O-tackles can rejoice...LIGHTS OUT for Shawn Merriman this season

I hope the dolts don't think his replacement will be 1/4 of what Merriman is...

jcdavey
08-27-2008, 10:03 AM
if that's true , then that's it for merriman in 08

as for tucker, we'll see if he's 1/4 as good, chargers do just plug and play as you guys are oh so well aware of :D

LordTrychon
08-27-2008, 10:18 AM
Do what's right for your career, Merriman. Not worth the risk.

PowderAddict
08-27-2008, 10:33 AM
One of my co-workers is a huge Charger fan, he was saying there is speculation the condition may be due to steroid use.

Is there any truth to that? Or is he just talking out of his behind?

LordTrychon
08-27-2008, 10:38 AM
One of my co-workers is a huge Charger fan, he was saying there is speculation the condition may be due to steroid use.

Is there any truth to that? Or is he just talking out of his behind?

I've heard that speculation... but not usually from Chargers fans. Charger fans respond with arguments similar to Mike Anderson and T Henry on their pot issues... below the illegal amounts... clean tests directly prior and after...

If Merriman truly did abuse Steroids, ligament deterioration is a well known downfall, and possibly a contributor here.

It's also possible that he only had one bad pop from eating the un-approved energy bar, and that wouldn't be enough to cause or contribute to this type of damage, IMO.

qnpd
08-27-2008, 11:23 AM
MERRIMAN CHOOSES TO PLAY
Posted by Mike Florio on August 27, 2008, 2:11 p.m. EDT

So with every doctor that he has seen telling Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman to undergo reconstructive surgery on a knee containing two torn ligaments, Merriman is opting to ignore their advice.

“I’m going to play,” Merriman told Kevin Acee of the San Diego Union-Tribune. ”I’ll deal with it when it’s time to get surgery.”

Um, Shawne? According to all of those expert orthopedists you’ve seen over the past week, it’s time to get surgery.

Merriman recently acknowledged that he risks a “career-threatening injury” if he continues to play with a torn PCL and torn LCL in his knee.

We think the team has an obligation to step in and to persuade Merriman to shut it down; instead, the team has issued a press release proclaiming that Merriman will play.

With it looking increasingly unlikely that the Chargers will keep Merriman beyond the 2009 season, when his rookie contract expires, it looks like they’re prepared to take advantage of his willingness to take long-term chances with his body, given that the franchise’s window to win a Super Bowl is as wide as it’s ever gonna get — and could begin closing soon.

From the standpoint of Merriman’s ability to cash in via free agency, his best move is to get the knee fixed now and then show in 2009 that he’s healthy and as effective as ever. If he plays in 2008 and goes under the knife after the season, missing all or part of the 2009 season, Merriman’s value on the open market will plummet, and he’d be forced most likely to accept in 2010 a contract that amounts to a one-year “prove it” deal.

Regardless of the team’s motivation, it’s shameful that the organization is willing to let him play when it’s clear that he shouldn’t be taking such a huge risk with the present and future condition of a fairly important joint.

I knew he was a little thick-headed, but wow. Just wow. I think this is a terrible move and although I don't wish him harm, it's hard not to get the feeling that he is directly in harm's way.

LordTrychon
08-27-2008, 11:27 AM
I knew he was a little thick-headed, but wow. Just wow. I think this is a terrible move and although I don't wish him harm, it's hard not to get the feeling that he is directly in harm's way.

Wow.

Really out there.

NinjaPirateFunk
08-27-2008, 11:42 AM
One of my co-workers is a huge Charger fan, he was saying there is speculation the condition may be due to steroid use.

Is there any truth to that? Or is he just talking out of his behind?

Whether this specific case was due to juicing, I'm not sure but I do know that steroid use can lead to weak muscles and ligaments. Easy tears, easy pulls and strains. You see it so often in wrestling you could set a watch by it. I'm willing to bet at least a few of footballs muscle/ligament/tendon injuries are related to enhancement drugs in some way.

Chargerbomb
08-27-2008, 10:19 PM
The injury happened against Tennessee in the regular season after Merriman accidentally knocked Vince Young out of the game on a running play. According to the story, a couple of Charger players overheard Fisher ordering a hit on Merriman. Ben Hartstock hit him right in the knees on an illegal crackback block, and then another player hit him after the whistle later on which put him out of the game for good.

PS here's what the Chargers say about the situation:


Chargers GM A.J. Smith talked about the history of the injury on Wednesday.

The knee problem, Smith said, dates back to the end of the 2007 season. According to Smith, doctors advised Merriman and his agent, Tom Condon, that Smiht needed surgery on his two torn knee ligaments.

"At the end of the 2007 season, we had a lot of surgeries," Smith said Wednesday. "Shawne was on our list of players we had to discuss about surgeries. We recommended to Shawne with his knee that he have corrective surgery so he would be fine for the future. It needed to be addressed. One of the other options was to continue to play with a designed, protective knee brace."

Merriman decided to have arthroscopic surgery that wasn't necessarily related to his problems with the PCL and LCL. Merriman elected at that time to wear a brace and play. After spending time again with the Charger doctor and visiting four other specialists, Merriman picked football over the operation.