Staying true to what he said a few days back, Chargers LB Shawne Merriman will put off surgery on his knee and play this season for the Bolts. Merriman has two torn ligaments in his left knee, and said the other day that surgery would likely end his season before it gets started. He told ESPN he was going to do whatever it took to play, which is likely why he’ll decide to wait for the surgery.
He informed the team of his decision this morning, this after going to Miami Tuesday to seek another opinion on the knee. He told the media last week of the two torn ligaments, and said that he was told by doctors that he could suffer a possible career-ending injury if he attempts to play without having surgery.
The leader of the San Diego defense, Merriman is a play-maker, the clearly the Chargers would have had a tough time replacing him if he would have had to have missed the entire season. He has 39.5 sacks in his last three seasons, more than any other player in the league. With San Diego a Super Bowl contender, putting off the surgery shows him putting the team first.