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Merriman to undergo knee surgery, miss 2008 season

Updated: September 10, 2008, 9:53 AM ET
Associated Press

SAN DIEGO -- Star outside linebacker Shawne Merriman pulled the plug on his 2008 season on Tuesday when he told the San Diego Chargers he'll have surgery on the two torn ligaments in his left knee.

The loss of Merriman, whose hard hits earned him the nickname "Lights Out," is a big one for a team that has Super Bowl expectations.

Merriman's decision came two days after he barely resembled the player who had an NFL-high 39 sacks in the past three seasons and played in three straight ...

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