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Chargers place Merriman on IR; LB to be released once healthy

Per NFL.com:

The San Diego Chargers have placed linebacker Shawne Merriman on injured reserve with a calf injury, the team announced Wednesday.

Merriman, who saw limited action in five games this season, was given a “minor-injury designation,” meaning the Chargers must release him once he is healthy.

The “minor injury designation” means the injury is expected to sideline Merriman less than six weeks.

The six-year veteran engaged in a holdout prior to the regular season, only to be lmimited once he returned to the team. He missed the Chargers’ season opener with an Achilles injury, then suffered the injury to his calf in Week 3 vs. the Seahawks.

After sitting out Week 4, Merriman returned last week against the Raiders, only to reinjure the calf, according to the team.

Merriman’s injury further depletes a banged up Chargers LB corps, which has now lost four players to injured reserve. Second-year LB Larry English is expected to miss another 2-4 more weeks after undergoing foot surgery.

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