Merriman suspension a small relief

San Diego Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman announced that he’s going to drop his appeal and start serving his four-game suspension due to a positive steroids test. That leaves the 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and 2006 co-leader in sacks ineligible for Sunday’s game against the Browns.

The Browns are going to need all the help they can get this weekend. The Chargers boast one of the league’s best defenses and have a guy by the name of LaDainian Tomlinson on the other side of the ball. In his first season as a starter, Philip Rivers isn’t doing too bad as well. Merriman being out is one less thing the Browns have to worry about but the Chargers will still be a formidable test for the “rejuventated” Browns, much more so than the Jets.

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