Chargers, Merriman still at impasse

DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:58 PM ET

All signs pointed to Shawne Merriman ending his holdout and rejoining the San Diego Chargers.

Somewhere along the line, twit happened.

Merriman, who has been holding out along with receiver Vincent Jackson and offensive tackle Marcus McNeill, was going to end his holdout and join the Chargers for their walk-through practice Thursday, according to a number of reports.

But Merriman shot down the reports via his Twitter account.

"All reports of me reporting to camp this weekend would come from the team 'San Diego Chargers' not 'sources,' Merriman tweeted.

Merriman received a $3.3 million tender offer but hasn't yet put pen to paper.

And he continues to sit, running the risk that the Chargers will put him on the roster exempt list. If that happens, he'd be forced to miss at least one regular-season game. San Diego used that tactic against star tight end in 2005.

Although there has been talk of a positive resolution to Merriman's situation, the holdouts of restricted free agents Jackson and McNeill show no sign of ending.

Jackson has the same agent, Neil Schwartz, as New York Jets cornerback Darrelle Revis, who didn't report to camp in an effort to get a significant pay raise.

FAVRE WATCH

Brett Favre flew to Florida for a meeting with Dr. James Andrews Thursday, according to a report in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.

Favre, who (wait for it) still hasn't decided if he's going to play this season, was having his bad left ankle examined by the renowned surgeon. The Vikings QB had surgery on his ankle in May and last week told the NFL Network it wasn't healed yet.

In related news, Minnesota coach Brad Childress continues to hold his breath.

ALL QUIET

The Jets and the agent for Darrelle Revis are now going to lower the Cone of Silence any time they want to talk contract.

Negotiations between the Jets and agents for the holdout cornerback will now be confidential after both camps used the media to state their positions.

Things got a little testy this week, with team owner Woody Johnson even suggesting that Revis wouldn't play for the Jets again.

So the air got cleared and the slate wiped clean. The two sides even issued a joint statement in a show of solidarity.

Revis, who wants to become the highest-paid cornerback in the league, has missed 12 days of training camp.

NO CURSING, SON

Jets coach Rex Ryan apologized to his mother for using a string of profanity during "Hard Knocks," HBO's series that follows the team through training camp.

After watching the premiere episode Wednesday night, Ryan's mom called her boy and, well, gave him a tongue-lashing of her own. And like a good son, he said sorry.

"Sometimes you get rolling and that's what happens," Ryan told CBSSports.com. "I don't know why. I apologize if I offended more people than I usually offend."

QUICK HITS

The Panthers are moving two-time Pro Bowl middle linebacker Jon Beason outside because of an injury to OLB Thomas Davis. Dan Connor will slide into Beason's spot in the middle ... Coach Mike Tomlin was asked if Byron Leftwich or Ben Roethlisberger would start the Steelers pre-season opener Saturday against Detroit, he said "We're going to make you come to the stadium and check it out." Uh, thanks for clearing that up, coach ... Browns LB D'Qwell Jackson won't need surgery on his injured right pectoral muscle, according to the Plain Dealer, but will still miss three weeks to two months ... Jets RB LaDainian Tomlinson limped off the practice field during the team's afternoon session. He watched the rest of the workout ... Former Bears RB Adrian Peterson signed with Seattle Thursday, giving the Seahawks a little more depth at the position ... With the heat above 100 F, Bengals OL Otis Hudson Hudson collapsed on the field and lay motionless for about three minutes, according to reports. He was able to get up under his own power but wound up being carted off ... 49ers coach Mike Singletary, one of the most intense players in the NFL during his career with the Bears, has enforced a no-fight policy in training camp ... the Broncos signed LB Johnny Williams, a nine-year veteran, and released LB Nick Greisen ... Bears rookie running back Harvey Unga won't play this season after being put on the injured reserve list with a hamstring problem.


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