There is two ways you can look at this:
Either it was injury or lack of steroids that sent Merriman’s career spiraling.
I tend to believe the latter. From the time he was caught with a “supplement” as he put it, he never looked (or played) the same.
When Maurice Jones Drew took his cornbread, I officially said to myself:
“His career is over unless he finds some undetectable steroids.”
Profootballtalk explains how the Chargers weren’t willing to wait to see if he ever found them.
The team placed him on injured reserve on Wednesday with a calf injury. They did so with a “minor-injury designation”, which means its less than a six week injury. When Merriman is healthy, the team has to release him.
This will surely end Merriman’s tumultuous six-year run in San Diego. He was the AP Rookie of the Year in 2005, and a first-team All Pro in 2006. Merriman has never truly rebounded from reconstructive surgery in 2008.
It is quite possible that it was the knee injury that caused his downfall, but then I see Wes Welker running around, so I would be lying if I told you I believe that.
I am sure he will find work, but it is more likely he will have a reality show with Tila Tequila than becoming an All-Pro again.