I just find it hard to imagine Merriman being able to play effectively on such an unstable knee. Football is all about speed and force, making your knees two of your most valuable assests.
Here's hoping that Merriman is not only making the right decision, but that his knee holds up to the pressure and expectations.
It appears the Chargers will have their main defensive lightning bolt after all.
Pro Bowl defensive end Shawne Merriman has informed the team that he will play this season despite having two torn knee ligaments, Merriman told FOXSports.com.
"I know what's at stake," Merriman said Wednesday. "But I had a goal with the team before the season started, and I'm sticking to it."
When asked how sure he was about playing, Merriman replied, "100 percent."
Merriman has a torn PCL and LCL in his left knee, but has postponed the surgery necessary to deal with those issues. He sought the opinion of several noted specialists in the last week. While all of them recommended surgery, the decision was ultimately left to the player.
"I'm putting the surgery off until I need it," he said.