Shawne Merriman’s Knee Is Crying Out For More Playing Time

27 Aug

Shawne Merriman is one smart cookie:

A day after visiting a fourth doctor, the San Diego Chargers’ star outside linebacker decided Wednesday to play this season rather than have his damaged left knee repaired now.

“To be as simple as possible, I just want to play football,” Merriman said. “That’s what it comes down to. I know what’s on the table, I know what’s on the line. I put a lot of work in this and I want to play.”

Merriman said late last week that he has tears in both the posterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments in his left knee, which he hurt in a game at Tennessee in December. He spent several days seeking outside opinions. He returned Tuesday after seeing a doctor in Miami.

Merriman said all four doctors he saw said he needed surgery, but there “just wasn’t a time frame on that. My knee still looks pretty good. The decision was left up to me to play. If you give a football player a decision to play, you know, I’m going to play.”

Bad Idea Johnson says to go ahead with this plan!  Why take a season off, still get paid, and come back healthy when you can play on it and further damage your knee?  It’s not like you had knee surgery in the offseason already or anything.  Seems to me like he’s picking the right option.

The lights are out and nobody is home in this man’s head.

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