Merriman gives Bills the blues

New Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman was injured during his first practice with the team Wednesday....

New Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman was injured during his first practice with the team Wednesday. (EZRA SHAW/Getty Images)

GORD ANDERSON, Special to QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:27 PM ET

TORONTO - Shawne Merriman’s first practice with his new team in Buffalo was a rather brief affair.

The three time Pro Bowl selection went down with a lower right leg injury just 10 minutes into practice on Wednesday.

He was dropping back, during an individual drill, and pivoted to the left before coming up lame and hopping on one leg.

Bills head coach Chan Gailey talked about the incident after practice.

“Shawn put 10 pounds on his body and went out here and had a little strain,” Gailey told the Buffalo News. “We didn’t want to chance anything , so we’re getting it checked out completely.”

Merriman pulled down his right sock and limped to the sideline where a trainer spent a few minutes checking his ankle. Head trainer Bud Carpenter further examined him at midfield, before Merriman was escorted to the team’s training room.

Gailey said it’s unfair to think Merriman will make an immediate impact on the Bills’ 26th ranked defence.

“What happens is everyone gets their expectations so high,” Gailey said. “You gotta realize he hasn’t played a lot of football.”

Merriman’s five-year stay with the Chargers ended last month when he was placed on injured reserve with a calf injury.


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