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Merriman strain "not major"

Bills coach Chan Gailey said after practice today that linebacker Shawne Merriman suffered a strain in his lower right leg during the early part of the workout.

"Shawn put 10 pounds (of pads) on his body and went out there and had a little strain," Gailey said. "We didn’t want to chance anything, so we’re getting it checked out completely. We’ll see what happens from there. But it wasn’t anything major."

The injury almost certainly rules Merriman out for this Sunday's game against Detroit.

Asked about the disappointment of the injury, Gailey said: "What happens is everyone gets their expectations so high. You’ve gotta realize he hasn’t played a lot of football. He hasn’t had pads on in awhile, all that kinda stuff. You want him out there but he’s not quite ready. We’re not going to put him out there ‘till he’s ready. That’s the No. 1 thing. We’re not gonna put him out there ‘till he’s ready."

Merriman has battled soreness in his Achilles tendon on the right leg this season, and it's believed that was the nature of his problem Wednesday. Merriman also has been hindered by a sore left calf this season.

Meanwhile, Gailey said all the other Bills on the team's injury report are expected to practice on Thursday, except for tackle Cordaro Howard (shoulder). Sitting out Wednesday were: Reggie Corner (ankle), Chris Kelsay (knee), Eric Wood (knee), Lee Evans (ankle) and Demetrius Bell (knee).

---Mark Gaughan


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