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San Diego Chargers Rumors: What is the real story with Shawne Merriman?

Shawne Merriman

Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers chose former Maryland Terrapins defensive end Shawne Merriman with the 12th pick in round one of the 2005 NFL Draft.

Merriman was converted to outside linebacker and had some great years with San Diego, including the 2006 season when he missed four games but led the NFL with 17 sacks. He missed 15 of San Diego’s 16 games in 2008 due to knee surgery, never returned to form and was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Bills in 2010.

Merriman checked into a hospital on Sunday night and there are conflicting reports:

According to Merriman’s camp, however, it was just a simple case of dehydration. His representative said to TMZ.com that “at the hospital, [Merriman] got fluids and felt fine … so he went right back to the club. If you had a drug overdose, you wouldn’t be at a club right after.”

I believe that Merriman is telling the truth because it would be insane for anyone to go back to a nightclub after he or she suffered an overdose.

Former Charger and former New England Patriots linebacker Junior Seau committed suicide last year, which shocked many when it was reported.  If Merriman overdosed, it could have led to family, friends and fans mourning the tragic death of another former Charger for the second year in a row.

Merriman retired from the NFL two months ago and is working on earning his MBA. This appears to be a mistake made by the media, and Merriman will more than likely put this story behind him.