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  Falcons | Shawne Merriman wants to sign    Mon Jul 29, 05:57 PM

Free-agent LB Shawne Merriman (Bills) is pleading for the Atlanta Falcons to sign him. Merriman promised he'll rack up double-digit sacks or he'll give half his salary to charity.

Footballguys view: Merriman retired in March and is no longer the force as a pass rusher that he used to be. It would be shocking if he plays another down in the NFL.

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  NFL | Shawne Merriman reportedly overdosed    Mon Jun 10, 10:21 AM

Updating an earlier report, Former LB Shawne Merriman reportedly overdosed on a mixture of alcohol and unspecified drugs.

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  NFL | Shawne Merriman hospitalized    Mon Jun 10, 09:35 AM

Former LB Shawne Merriman was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a medical emergency at a nightclub over the weekend. He tweeted that he was OK.

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  NFL | Shawne Merriman retiring    Tue Mar 5, 07:10 PM

Free-agent DE Shawne Merriman (Bills) announced his retirement Tuesday, March 5.

Footballguys view: It's 'Lights Out' for what was once a promising career. Merriman had 39.5 sacks in the first three years of his career but injuries started to plague him in 2008. He signed with the Bills in 2010 and only recorded two sacks in 15 games.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman willing to return    Wed Jan 16, 12:42 PM

Buffalo Bills impending free-agent LB Shawne Merriman said he would be willing to re-sign with the team this offseason because he has a good relationship with general manager Buddy Nix.

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  Bills | 14 probable    Fri Nov 23, 01:37 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Mark Anderson (knee), CB Ron Brooks (teeth), FS Jairus Byrd (back), DT Marcell Dareus (shoulder), LT Chris Hairston (knee), DE Chris Kelsay (neck), LG Andy Levitre (knee), CB Leodis McKelvin (groin), DE Shawne Merriman (groin), CB Justin Rogers (hamstring), Da'Norris Searcy (hand), LB Kelvin Sheppard (back), DT Kyle D. Williams (ankle), DE Mario Williams (wrist/ankle) and C Eric Wood (knee) practiced Friday, Nov. 23, and are probable for Week 12.

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Kyle Williams player page
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Jairus Byrd player page


  Bills | 13 players fully practice     Thu Nov 22, 02:23 PM

Buffalo Bills C Eric Wood (knee), OG Andy Levitre (knee), OT Chris Hairston (knee), DE Chris Kelsay (neck), DE Shawne Merriman (groin), DE Mario Williams (ankle, wrist), DT Marcell Dareus (shoulder), LB Kelvin Sheppard (back), CB Ron Brooks (teeth), CB Leodis McKelvin (groin), CB Justin Rogers (hamstring), FS Jairus Byrd (back) and SS Da'Norris Searcy (hand) fully participated in practice Thursday, Nov. 22.

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Shawne Merriman player page
Mario Williams player page
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  Bills | 12 practice in full    Wed Nov 21, 05:26 PM

Buffalo Bills S Da'Norris Searcy (hand), DE Chris Kelsay (neck), DE Mario Williams (wrist, ankle), C Eric Wood (knee), FS Jairus Byrd (back), DE Shawne Merriman (groin), LB Kelvin Sheppard (back), OG Andy Levitre (knee), DT Marcell Dareus (shoulder), OT Chris Hairston (knee), CB Leodis McKelvin (groin) and CB Justin Rogers (hamstring) practiced in full Wednesday, Nov. 21.

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  Bills | Two might see increased playing time    Sat Nov 10, 10:28 PM

Buffalo Bills DLs Shawne Merriman and Kyle Moore might see increased defensive snaps in Week 10 against the New England Patriots if DL Chris Kelsay (neck) is unable to play. Moore played 28 snaps in Week 9 against the Houston Texans, while Merriman saw just eight snaps. Head coach Chan Gailey said Saturday, Nov. 10, that Merriman would be in a rotation Sunday, Nov. 11.

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  Bills | Five questionable    Fri Nov 9, 02:36 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Spencer Johnson (ankle), DE Shawne Merriman (chest), G Kraig Urbik (foot) and DT Kyle D. Williams were limited in practice Friday, Nov. 9, and DE Chris Kelsay (neck) missed practice. All are questionable for Week 10.

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  Bills | Five limited    Thu Nov 8, 06:25 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Spencer Johnson (ankle), DE Chris Kelsay (neck), DE Shawne Merriman (chest), OG Kraig Urbik (foot) and DT Kyle Williams (ankle) were limited in practice Thursday, Nov. 8.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman will be a DE     Thu Oct 18, 08:59 AM

Although Buffalo Bills DE Shawne Merriman said he is better suited to play linebacker in a 4-3 scheme, he will play defensive end for the team. 'Of course I've played linebacker my entire life, but when you're a football player you're a football player, you can put your hand in the dirt, you can stand up,' Merriman said. 'Obviously these guys, if they didn't think I could play, they wouldn't have brought me back. I'm happy to not only contribute, but just pick up where I left off and do what they need me to do.'

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman likely will be active    Wed Oct 17, 12:53 PM

Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey indicated LB Shawne Merriman likely will be active for Week 7 as long as he is in game shape. Merriman is expected to spend a good amount of time with the scout team during practice Wednesday, Oct. 17.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman re-signed    Mon Oct 15, 04:00 PM

The Buffalo Bills have re-signed free-agent DE Shawne Merriman. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Footballguys view: Merriman hasn't made impact plays in years. The Bills pass rush is struggling this year despite signing both DE Mario Williams and DE Mark Anderson. We don't think Merriman will make much of an impact either.

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  49ers | Shawne Merriman visits     Thu Sep 20, 08:24 AM

Free-agent LB Shawne Merriman (Bills) visited the San Francisco 49ers Wednesday, Sept. 19.

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  Bills | Robert Eddins moves up depth chart     Thu Aug 23, 07:49 AM

Buffalo Bills DE Robert Eddins has moved up to second-team defensive end on the depth chart following the release of LB Shawne Merriman.

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  Panthers | Not interested in Shawne Merriman    Mon Aug 20, 04:03 PM

Carolina Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said the team does not have interest in free-agent DE Shawne Merriman (Bills) because he is more suited for a 3-4 defensive alignment and the team primarily uses the 4-3 defensive alignment.

Footballguys view: Merriman may catch on with a new team that needs a part time pass rusher. We think the Patriots would be much more likely to re-sign DE Andre Carter when he's recovered from his quadriceps injury.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman too far down depth chart     Mon Aug 20, 12:45 PM

In addition to numerous injuries, free-agent DE Shawne Merriman (Bills) was just too far down the Buffalo Bills' depth chart to make much of an impact. The team spent more than $100 million in free agency on DEs Mario Williams and Mark Anderson. They also had a former starter in DE Chris Kelsay as the first player off the bench.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman released     Mon Aug 20, 10:54 AM

The Buffalo Bills officially announced Monday, Aug. 20, they have released LB Shawne Merriman.

Footballguys view: They payed Merriman a $1MM roster bonus earlier this year but will save $4MM by cutting him now. Merriman is not the same player he used to be and could have a difficult time finding a new home in 2012. Over the last two seasons he's only been able to appear in 12 games and had 1 sack during that time.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman not a good fit for scheme     Mon Aug 20, 10:44 AM

Updating a previous item, the Buffalo Bills felt LB Shawne Merriman is much better suited for a team that uses a 3-4 than a 4-3 scheme.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman will be released Monday     Mon Aug 20, 10:40 AM

The Buffalo Bills have informed LB Shawne Merriman they will release him Monday, Aug. 20.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman looking to bounce back    Sun Jul 22, 11:50 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') is attempting to re-capture his status as a premier player in the NFL this season. He spent a good deal of time at the right end position in the team's nickel package during spring practices.

Footballguys view: Merriman has been slowed down in recent years by injuries and is certainly not the same player he used to be. We're not expecting him to recapture his former glory, but could be a quality rotational pass rusher for the Bills if he can stay healthy.

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  Bills | Could consider using Shawne Merriman at LB    Fri Jul 6, 02:39 PM

The Buffalo Bills could consider using DE Shawne Merriman (Achilles') at strongside linebacker at some point if he shows he is fully healthy and that he can handle the position.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman fine with backup role    Sun Jun 24, 02:46 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Shawne Merriman said he is willing to accept his backup role and will be ready to play when asked this season. 'My biggest thing is being ready and whenever my name is called to know mentally what I'm doing and physically being able to do it. It's a physical game, a violent game. Certain guys go down. Something can happen, and the next guy has to be ready. That's how I'm gauging it right now,' Merriman said.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman looking like former self?    Sat Jun 23, 09:18 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') says he has never felt better coming off surgery for his Achilles' injury. He might be a sleeper in the team's newly revamped pass rushing attack, as he had a solid showing during organized team activities (OTAs) and minicamp.

Footballguys view: According to observers, Merriman's impressive first-step burst has returned. He is also playing with more power than he has for the first time in years.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman looking good    Tue Jun 5, 06:28 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman is impressing head coach Chan Gailey during the team's offseason training activities. 'He looks quick to me. He's coming off the edge with that same speed and quickness that I remember,' Gailey said. 'The best thing about it is that he says he feels good. It's not one of those where he's feeling something or trying to hide something.'

Footballguys view: Merriman has been slowed by several injuries in recent years, so the Bills are only hoping he can stay healthy. He could work nicely as a part time pass rusher if he can stay on the field this year.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman taking part in workout    Thu May 31, 04:57 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') fully participated in organized team activities Thursday, May 31, for the first time since offseason Achilles' tendon surgery.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman visits doctor    Tue May 29, 10:16 PM

Buffalo Bills DL Shawne Merriman (Achilles') missed the first day of organized team activities (OTAs) Tuesday, May 29, after meeting with doctors. He is returning from Achilles' surgery, and is still seeking final medical clearance. Gailey feels there is a good chance Merriman will return to the field as early as Thursday, May 31, for the second day of OTAs.

Footballguys view: Merriman will be able to play a pass rush specialist role, which should preserve his health and maximize his impact. With Mario Williams and Mark Anderson wearing down offensive tackles, Merriman could have a resurgence in a limited role this year.

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  Bills | Optimistic Shawne Merriman will contribute     Mon May 21, 09:03 AM

Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') has received outstanding reviews in his comeback attempt from an Achilles' injury, and looks like he will be able to help the team in 2012 if he can stay healthy.

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  Bills | Mario Williams wants to play left DE     Mon May 21, 08:55 AM

The Buffalo Bills are moving DL Mario Williams to left defensive end at his request. Williams told the team he is more comfortable on the left than on the right, where he played with the Houston Texans.

Footballguys view: This would enable the Bills to put their speed rushers on the right side. They added Mark Anderson in free agency and he'll compete with Shawne Merriman to be the team's Right Defensive End.

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  Bills | Two to compete for time at DE    Sun May 20, 02:06 PM

Buffalo Bills DEs Mark Anderson and Shawne Merriman are expected to compete for playing time at right defensive end during training camp.

Footballguys view: At this point in his career Merriman may work best as a part time pass rusher. We think Anderson wins this starting job opposite Mario Williams.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman says he is feeling great    Wed May 16, 05:33 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Shawne Merriman (Achilles') said he is feeling as good as he has in three years because he has a full offseason to prepare for this season.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman not talking about role    Wed Apr 25, 05:38 PM

Buffalo Bills DE Shawne Merriman said he has talked with defensive coordinator Dave Wannstedt this offseason but would not disclose what his role will be on defense.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman not putting timetable on return    Mon Apr 23, 05:00 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') is not putting a timetable on when he will be fully recovered from his Achilles' injury.

Footballguys view: Currently, Merriman is working in all of the conditioning drills but it's unsure when he'll be cleared to return to practice.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman says he will be healthy     Mon Apr 23, 09:34 AM

Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') appears on track to feel as good as he has in three years. Battling an Achilles' problem since 2009, Merriman shut his 2011 season down after just five games. It was decided that surgery would be needed. 'Obviously I was disappointed because I didn't finish the season and I wasn't out there helping the guys on the field,' Merriman said. 'I feel great now. Obviously I'm still in a bit of rehab process with slight limitations. For the most part though, I feel great.'

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman expected to be DE    Fri Apr 6, 05:09 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman is expected to be a defensive end in the team's new 4-3 defensive alignment.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman feeling good    Thu Mar 1, 01:26 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') said he is feeling good in his rehab from his Achilles' tendon injury. He is meeting with the team's medical and training staff to see how his injury is progressing.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman won't play OLB in 4-3    Fri Feb 24, 12:54 AM

Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said Thursday, Feb. 23, that LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') won't play outside linebacker in the 4-3 defensive scheme if he is able to come back from injury. 'I'd rather him not. I think we'd rather have him be a right defensive end rushing the passer all the time,' Gailey said.

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  Bills | Not much expected from Shawne Merriman in 2012    Fri Feb 24, 12:53 AM

Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey said Thursday, Feb. 23, that he isn't expecting much of a contribution from LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') in 2012. 'I don't know,' Gailey said. 'I mean, the setback was not good. Now how far does he have to go? I don't even know how far back he is, and I don't know how far he has to go. I don't where those two ends are. He got hurt again. So now we're back to square one or below square one maybe.'

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  Bills | Will look to add some pass rushers    Sun Feb 12, 04:18 PM

The Buffalo Bills likely will look for a pass rusher or two to complement LB Shawne Merriman for next season.

Footballguys view: The Bills will have several options in free agency. We don't think they'll be in the running for a big name guy like Mario Williams (Texans), but could make a run at guys like Trevor Scott (Raiders).

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman expected to be pass-rushing DE    Wed Feb 1, 04:01 PM

The Buffalo Bills are expected to use LB Shawne Merriman as a pass-rushing defensive end in passing downs with the team moving to a 4-3 defensive alignment.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman underwent shoulder surgery    Wed Jan 11, 11:23 AM

Buffalo Bills general manager LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles', shoulder) underwent shoulder surgery during the season in addition to his Achilles' tendon surgery.

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  Bills | Open to bringing Shawne Merriman back    Mon Jan 9, 04:47 PM

The Buffalo Bills are open to having LB Shawne Merriman come back for the final year of his contract provided he can pass a physical.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman confirms he'll have surgery    Tue Oct 25, 10:07 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') said Tuesday, Oct. 25, that he will have surgery on his Achilles' tendon to prevent rupture. 'After much consideration and unanimous professional recommendations stating that my Achilles' is in danger of rupturing, I have been advised that it would be in my best interest to undergo surgery as soon as possible in order to prevent a major injury.' There is no timetable on how long it will take him to recover.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman's season over    Tue Oct 25, 04:22 PM

The Buffalo Bills placed LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') on the Injured Reserve Tuesday, Oct. 25.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman misses practice     Mon Oct 24, 05:40 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') did not participate in practice Monday, Oct. 24, but head coach Chan Gailey is not ruling him out for Week 8 at this point.

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  Bills | Dealing with several injuries    Mon Oct 17, 06:39 PM

Buffalo Bills OT Chris Hairston (ankle) will miss up to four weeks after injuring his right ankle in Week 6. LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') aggravated his Achilles' injury in Week 6 and his status for Week 8 is uncertain.

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  Bills | Shawne Merriman expects to play Week 8    Mon Oct 17, 04:26 PM

Buffalo Bills LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') said he plans on playing Week 8.

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  Bills | Week 6 Inactives    Sun Oct 16, 11:39 AM

The Buffalo Bills have declared CB Aaron Williams, LB Chris Kelsay, OT Demetrius Bell, WR Donald Jones, DL Kyle Williams, LB Shawne Merriman, CB Terrence Wheatley inactive for Week 6.

Footballguys view: Naaman Roosevelt moves into the slot and David Nelson moves outside with Jones out.

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  Bills | Uncertain how long Shawne Merriman will be out    Sat Oct 15, 11:00 PM

Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey was uncertain how long LB Shawne Merriman (Achilles') will be sidelined. He did not travel for the team's Week 6 contest against the New York Giants. 'I don't know. We've got a bye week after this,' Gailey said. 'We'll see what happens.'

Footballguys view: Merriman's injury-plagued phase of his career continues.

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