SAN DIEGO (AP) -Chargers coach Norv Turner is more concerned with having linebacker Shawne Merriman on the field for the playoffs than next month's regular-season opener.
Merriman, a three-time Pro Bowler, felt pain in his knee after playing in San Diego's preseason game on Aug. 9. On Thursday, Merriman said he has a torn posterior cruciate ligament in the knee. He has visited noted sports surgeon Dr. James Andrews and may see two other doctors to weigh his options.
If the ligament is severely torn, he'll undergo season-ending knee surgery. If the tear isn't significant, Merriman could play through the pain and be ready for Week 1 against the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 7.
``If a guy has a setback and it keeps him out of it for a week or two ... I don't know that anyone will remember that any player missed a week of practice or was dealing with an issue,'' Turner said Friday after practice.
San Diego would turn to Jyles Tucker if Merriman can't play, but Turner called that idea ``way, way, way, way premature.''
``We are going to do everything we can to create a situation where (Merriman) is not in pain and the leg gets some strength back,'' Turner said.
Merriman, who had offseason arthroscopic surgery on the same knee, was unavailable for comment Friday. Chargers general manager A. J. Smith did not immediately return a phone call.

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Browns vs. Redskins Pick Can the Washington Redskins get to .500 on Sunday when they host the Cleveland Browns at 1PM ET?
Thumbnail Lions vs. Bears Pick Will there be much defense on display when the Chicago Bears host the Detroit Lions this Sunday at 1PM ET?
Thumbnail Titans vs. Texans Pick Will the Titans and Texans surprise and play over the total for bettors when the AFC South rivals clash at 1:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Panthers vs. Falcons Pick Will Sunday's NFC South matchup between the Panthers and Falcons fall under the total at 1:00PM ET?
Thumbnail Raiders vs. Ravens Pick The Baltimore Ravens looks to stay unbeaten when they play host to the Oakland Raiders on Sunday at 1PM ET.
More inNFL Articles  
Advertisement

NFL Team Pages