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Merriman a dumb-man

Posted on: August 27, 2008 8:04 pm
Edited on: August 28, 2008 12:07 am

I've always been respectful of a player's decision to try and play through an injury.

Shawne Merriman is taking that too far.

When all the doctors he could find -- and he's asked plenty of them -- tell him the same thing, that season-ending knee surgery is the right course of action for the two torn ligaments in his left knee, there's no way Merriman should even attempt to play.

Yet Merriman, the San Diego Chargers' elite pass rusher, will ignore the advice of the doctors he solicited and attempt to play this season.

Merriman does have some accelerators in his contract, which could mean an additional $1.5 million added to  the $2.8 million in escalators he's made already, money that will be added onto his 2009 salary. The 2009 season is the final year of his contract, which should be even more reason not to play.

San Diego will likely still give him a major deal next spring if he doesn't play. No team wants their premier player going into the final year of a deal without a new contract. Why risk it? There's a huge payday coming his way.

The Chargers' brass, which means general manager A.J. Smith, should tell him to have the surgery. Insist on it, in fact. Yes, the Chargers are Super Bowl contenders. But they're a young team. The window is open for a couple more years. A career-ending injury for Merriman might help shut it.

Merriman is the franchise defensive player for the Chargers. There's no way he should be risking it. His explosive speed might be gone if he tears up the knee for good.

Maybe he saw Philip Rivers play on a torn ACL in the AFC Championship last January, but that was one game.

With each additional game, there is more potential for long-term damage.

Stop him, Chargers.

It's one thing to play through pain. It's an entirely different situation when the future of a star player could be in jeopardy, and that could be the case with Merriman.





Category: NFL

Since: Jan 16, 2008
Posted on: September 2, 2008 4:34 pm

Merriman a dumb-man

Do you believe in amazons, dwarfs? Things like that?

Since: Sep 26, 2006
Posted on: September 2, 2008 11:31 am

Merriman a dumb-man

Agreed, he's making a stupid decision.

But I'm not thinking just in terms of his football career.

My county holds a high school coaches meeting each month at a nice restaurant and athletes, mostly retired, are invited from time to time, and they not only speak at the meeting, they stay for the roast beef dinner and beer over which they delight the coaches with stories that get juicer with each downed beer.  Hall of Fame Colt Art Donovan once put away at least a dozen 16 oz cans of Schlitz beer and started telling us about throwing handfuls of elephant crap at the set Giants O-line to get them to flinch the day after the circus had appeared in the stadium and the clean up crew hadn't done a good job.

When we'd get one of the old Baltimore Colts, it was sometimes sad to see them, not so old, hobbling around the room.  Sports medicine is better today, but it won't do miracles and I'll bet that's why the doctors are saying Merriman needs an operation NOW.  Imagine retiring a wealthy man, set for life, but having trouble walking through a mall - or taking any long walk, standing up in a boat, etc. and enjoying that 50% of life left after leaving football.

Since: Aug 28, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2008 6:11 pm

Merriman a dumb-man

There is much more to it than is being talked about. Just isolating the so-called steriod issue alone there alot that isn;t understood. Like the previous comment about steroids causing tiisue degeneration. Not true. They each have differnt properties and only one I know of weakens connective tissue. Some out there actually strengthen connective tissue.

Since: Dec 12, 2007
Posted on: September 1, 2008 2:56 pm

Merriman a dumb-man

Merriman is so young,he could get the surgery,and only be out for 1 yr. If he goes through with this and blows his knee apart,he will never be the same. Im a die hard Bolt fan,and im sorry to say,i wish he would have the surgery now. Im giving him 4 games and the knee blows out. That sucks. Steroids are rampant in the NFL, the Chargers do it ,NE does it ,Buff does it. It does accelerate tissue degeneration,but at such a young age i dont think it was a factor in this case. He made a decision,now him and the Chargers have to live with it. As with most Bolt fans im cringing!!

Since: Sep 1, 2008
Posted on: September 1, 2008 1:05 pm

lightning bolt dance proves career ending

i heard he was out bowling.  throwing really hard steriod, i supplment fueled balls and tore the ligaments in his knee celebrating a strike with the lightning bolt douche bag dance.  i'm gonna miss that guy.

Since: Aug 4, 2007
Posted on: August 31, 2008 12:18 am

Merriman a dumb-man

Prisco made one good point and didn't even know it. He talked about Merriman's "explosive speed." That's it. He is explosive as a player. The knee can't handle it--get the surgery. Or be less explosive...and lose your effectiveness. Either way, you hurt the team. There is no win here.

Since: Jul 26, 2007
Posted on: August 30, 2008 1:40 pm

Merriman a dumb-man

"Merriman's positive test was 'definitely for steroidsnot one of those supplement deals,' said a source with knowledge of Merriman's suspension ....

Says a source... Things are always suspect when people can't attach a name to a claim. His test is definitely explainable by a tainted supplement. More, that substance wouldn't be the steriod of choice for an NFL player. Until someone delivers the actual concentration (part per million) of the steroid metabolyte found in his urine (which the NFL does have), there's no way to be conclusive in either direction.

Since: Oct 23, 2007
Posted on: August 29, 2008 2:01 pm

Prisco A Fat Man

I don't see how any of these writers has any right to call Shawne Merriman dumb. Hey Pete, quite eating twinkies for a second and try to put this into perspective. Merriman is a life-long athlete, he's obviously played through injuries, including the current injury since Dec 07. How would anyone, except him, know what his limitations are. Norv Turner has said that he still looks good when he's been on the field. Isn't that  what's important? Besides, any player can suffer an career ending injury at any time. If Shwne Merriman can still play at a very high level, and deal with the pain, why would he sit out an entire season. What some people, including Pete "fat man" Prisco, are forgetting is that football players are not conservative when it comes to their body, if they were, they wouldn't be playing football.  So Pete, set down your Dunkin Doughnuts and hit the gym before you start calling people dumb.

Since: Aug 28, 2008
Posted on: August 28, 2008 3:57 pm

Merriman a dumb-man

Can't the Chargers pit him on IR and force him to have the surgery now and not ruin his whole career? Seems to me this would be their best option, to make sure they have him in the future. They'd probably have to give him a long term contract now, though.

Since: Oct 2, 2006
Posted on: August 28, 2008 3:50 pm

Merriman a dumb-man

"Merriman's positive test was 'definitely for steroidsnot one of those supplement deals,' said a source with knowledge of Merriman's suspension ....   Both the initial A sample and backup B sample came back positive, Mortensen reported."

I believe this was from an ESPN article at the time of this incident.  It looks like the reporter was Chris Mortenson who is reliable.  Anyway, regarding the current injury, I hope the young man plays it smart and listens to his doctors. 

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