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Chargers: Hit on Merriman intentional

Discussion in 'San Diego Chargers Hall of Champions' started by robdog, Dec 11, 2007.

  1. robdog

    robdog Code Monkey Staff Member Administrator

    Jun 29, 2009
    Source: <a href="http://sports.yahoo.com/nfl/news?slug=txchargerstitans&amp;prov=st&amp;type=lgns" target="_blank">PA SportsTicker</a>

    <img src="http://i2.chargers.com/assets/205/36715_600w600h.jpg" alt="Shawne Merriman (MikeNowak/Chargers.com)" align="left" height="162" width="224" />San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman will miss next week's game with a knee injury, and his teammates believe it's no accident.

    Merriman said a "cheap shot" led to his injury in Sunday's game at Tennessee, and the Pro Bowl linebacker told the San Diego Union-Tribune that several Chargers told him that Titans coach Jeff Fisher ordered a hit on him.

    "Plenty of people told me it was a coach down there telling them to go get at me," Merriman said.

    Merriman suffered a sprained ligament in his left knee against the Titans and will miss this Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions.

    Fisher dismissed Merriman's charges on Monday

    "I didn't order a hit," Fisher told the Tennessean. "The play was designed and you saw it on the practice field if you watched practice. We're playing ball, that's all. ... He's a good player, but we're playing ball."

    The Chargers claimed the Titans were seeking retribution for Merriman's hit on quarterback Vince Young following a handoff. Young was knocked to the turf and removed from the game.

    "(Tennessee) was a dirty team," Merriman said. "I ran into Vince (Young). It wasn't anything intentional, and the crowd reacted and wanted a lot more than what happened. I really pulled up on him. I know him very well and he knows I wouldn't do anything like that. I wish no injury on anybody."

    Fisher said he didn't fault Merriman for the hit on Young.

    "It is just one of those things that happens," Fisher said.

    That didn't appease the Chargers, who said Titans center Kevin Mawae and another player were involved in the play with intentions of hurting Merriman.

    On an earlier play that knocked Merriman out of the game temporarily, Titans tight end Ben Hartsock drilled the linebacker after going in motion, according to the Tennessean.

    "I know they did, because the previous series they ran a play designed to crack back on (Merriman)," Chargers safety Marlon McCree told the Union-Tribune. "The guy came down and hit him on the blind side. Come on, what is that for? That's not necessary. And then a few plays later, he's down on the ground and two of the offensive linemen come and jump on his back? On his neck?

    "Come on, this guy's got a family. You don't like how he plays, you don't like how he celebrates, stop him from getting to your quarterback. Don't hit him after the play or don't go after his knees and his neck."

    The Tennessean reported that Chargers Coach Norv Turner said he plans to send film of some plays to the league for review.

    "Obviously the players after the game are emotional about certain plays," Turner said. "There are plays that we are going to send in and we're going to get the league's opinion on it. ... There's a series of plays. Obviously the play with Merriman is one of them."

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