Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman has been placed on injured reserve with an Achilles’ injury, the team announced on Tuesday.
“Shawne has worked extremely hard, but unfortunately, his Achilles flared back up and it doesn’t appear that he will be able to return to the field anytime soon,” Bills general manager Buddy Nix said. “So we felt it was in the best interest of our team and for Shawne to put him on IR.”
Claimed off waivers from the Chargers last season, Merriman injured his calf and did not appear in a game for the Bills, who signed the three-time Pro Bowler to a two-year, $10.5 million contract extension in January.
In five games this season, Merriman had nine tackles and a quarterback sack. The Bills protected themselves with Merriman’s contract, including a “split” rate should Merriman land on injured reserve. Instead of being paid at a $2.75 million rate ($161,765 per week), Merriman will earn a $500,000 rate ($29,412 per week).
The former first-round pick out of Maryland has 240 tackles, 44.5 quarterback sacks and an interception in his 65-game career. Injuries have limited Merriman to just 23 games over the last four seasons.
Merriman has issued the following statement: “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.”