Chargers LB Merriman Says He’ll Work Hard to Play in 2008

For those that think that Chargers LB Shawne Merriman is going to simply sit back and take 2008 off – think again. The Chargers firery leader of their defense said to’s Bill Williamson today that he will do whatever it takes to get back on the field and play in 2008 despite being told he has a tear in his lateral collateral ligament as well as a grade-three tear of his posterior collateral ligament.

“I can’t imagine not playing football this year,” Merriman said in an interview at the San Diego airport with’s Bill Williamson. “I really can’t. That’s what this is all about. I want to see that I can play … I haven’t made my decision yet, but I am going to do everything I can to play. That’s what this is all about.”

Merriman said that he had three doctors look at his knee last week, and that he’s been told that surgery would sideline him for the whole 08 season, but he is going to do what it takes to avoid that. “They’ve all said the same things about the injury,” Merriman said last week. “[They’re] kind of surprised that I’ve been playing with it up to this point.”

Last season Merriman led the Chargers with 12.5 sacks, and had 68 total tackles in 15 games. In three seasons he has played in 42 games, making 188 total tackles and 39.5 sacks.

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