SAN DIEGO (AP) -Shawne Merriman doesn't want to get drawn into a verbal exchange with the Chicago Bears.
The defending NFC champions haven't been shy about goading Merriman in advance of Sunday's season opener at Qualcomm Stadium.
``I would like to say a bunch of things,'' Merriman said Friday. ``And that starts all the way to the top and all the way to the bottom. Things have been directed at me and toward my team. But for the sake of this team and what we're trying to accomplish, I haven't said anything. I don't know how long that can last, but I still keep trying.''
Bears Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher criticized Merriman earlier in the week about his ``Lights Out'' sack dance. Urlacher said if Merriman does it after good plays, he should do it after bad ones.
Actually, Merriman said he might not do it for a while.
``Do all the talking you want,'' said Merriman, the NFL sack leader last year with 17. ``On Sunday you don't have to talk no more - you just go out and do it and what you are doing will do the talking for you. That can stop their talk.''
The Chargers had the NFL's top record last year at 14-2; the Bears were the NFC's best at 13-3.
Both squads are eyeing a return to the playoffs, with the Chargers seeking their first playoff win since the 1994 season.
Getting back to the playoffs - where they had a major pratfall against the visiting Patriots last January - is the Chargers' goal. Merriman said the Bears' yapping doesn't add to that.
``It doesn't get me any more motivated,'' he said. ``But I hear it and I see it. I'm like an elephant in that I don't forget these things.''
Considering what the Bears have accomplished recently, Merriman said the comments surprised him.
``They sound like guys who haven't been there before,'' Merriman said. ``It's like a lot of needed self-motivation and team-motivation, but not for us. If you want to talk, go ahead and talk. We'll let you do the talking, but its hard not to say something back.''
The Chargers enter the game in good health.
Backup running Michael Turner (ankle) worked a full practice Friday, although coach Norv Turner said he isn't sure if Turner will return kicks Sunday. If not, the role falls to Darren Sproles. Also, rookie linebacker Anthony Waters returned to practice after being absent Thursday for the funeral of his grandmother in South Carolina.

Recent NFL Discussions

2017 Heisman Odds on Wed, Mar 2017 by Blade
College / NBA today on Sun, Mar 2017 by TtomBoBadly
SNOW on Tue, Mar 2017 by Michael Cash
EARLY COLL PLAYS FOR WED. on Wed, Mar 2017 by Timmy1961

Top NFL Public Bets

NFL Top Stories

Thumbnail Eddie Lacy 2017 Prop Odds After signing with the Seahawks earlier this month, how many touchdowns and rushing yards will Eddie Lacy earn in 2017?
Thumbnail DeSean Jackson Bucs Prop Odds How many touchdowns will DeSean Jackson post with his new team in 2017? Here's a look at the odds.
Thumbnail Brandin Cooks Patriots Prop Odds How many total receiving yards will new Patriot Brandin Cooks have in 2017?
Thumbnail Alshon Jeffery TD Prop Odds How many touchdown passes and receiving yards will Alshon Jeffery rack up in 2017? Oddsmakers have released projections for the newest Eagle.
Thumbnail Brandon Marshall 2017 Prop Odds How many touchdowns and receiving yards will new Giant Brandon Marshall compile in 2017? Here's a look at the odds.

NFL Team Pages