Chargers' Merriman will forgo surgery, play with knee injury

Updated: August 29, 2008, 12:57 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

SAN DIEGO -- The surgeon's knife can wait. Shawne Merriman is going to play football, two torn knee ligaments and all.

A day after visiting a fourth doctor, the San Diego Chargers outside linebacker decided Wednesday to play this season rather than have his damaged left knee repaired now.

"To be as simple as possible, I just want to play football," Merriman said. "That's what it comes down to. I know what's on the table, I know what's on the line. I put a lot of work in this and I ...

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