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Merriman to kick-start Chargers' career Tuesday

Merriman to kick-start Chargers' career Tuesday

The door to Shawne Merriman's career with the San Diego Chargers was kicked open on Tuesday when Ben Leber had surgery to remove a bone spur from his ankle on Tuesday.

The only thing standing in his way? Learning the playbook, techniques, his responsibilities, his teammates, the nuances of outside linebacker – and getting in shape. It won't be long now before Shawne Merriman is starting. "It is pro football, so you're going to be behind a little bit," Merriman admitted. Taken 12th overall in the 2005 NFL Draft, Merriman is a perfect fit for the 3-...

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