Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman was placed on injured reserve Tuesday and will miss the remainder of the season with an inflamed Achilles that has plagued him for the better part of two years.
Merriman finished the 2010 campaign on injured reserve due to an ailing right Achilles tendon, but appeared in the first five games for the surprising Bills this season. But his Achilles flared up and he missed his first game against the Giants in Week 6.
The Bills tried to bring Merriman back slowly. He participated in just 15 plays during the preseason and the hope was to steadily bring him back up to a full-scale regimen. But the inflamed Achilles resurfaced and never calmed down.
Merriman issued a statement on his injured-reserve status.
"Due to the fact that I have recently been experiencing excessive aggravation in my Achilles tendon, which is a limitation that I have been dealing with for well over two years now, I sought the opinions of multiple medical specialists. After much consideration and unanimous professional recommendations stating that my Achilles is in danger of rupturing, I have been advised that it would be in my best interest to undergo surgery as soon as possible in order to prevent a major injury. I would like to thank all of my fans for their continued support on my road to a full recovery and am looking forward to getting back out on the field," Merriman said.
The three-time Pro-Bowl linebacker recorded just nine tackles and one sack this season. Merriman is under contract with Buffalo through the 2012 season.