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Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman placed on IR

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Buffalo Bills' Shawne Merriman puts on his helmet at the start of NFL football practice in Orchard Park, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. Merriman limped off the field with a lower right leg injury shortly after his first practice with his new team. (AP) Buffalo Bills' Shawne Merriman puts on his helmet at the start of NFL football practice in Orchard Park, N.Y., Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2010. Merriman limped off the field with a lower right leg injury shortly after his first practice with his new team. (AP)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) — Shawne Merriman's first season with the Buffalo Bills ended before it even began.

Merriman was placed on injured reserve Saturday because of a nagging Achilles' tendon injury, culminating a tumultuous year for the one-time feared pass rusher.

The Bills claimed Merriman off waivers earlier this month, three weeks after he was placed on injured reserve by the San Diego Chargers because of a calf injury.

In his first practice with Buffalo on Nov. 10, he lasted just 15 minutes before re-injuring his Achilles' tendon.

The 2005 first-round pick and three-time Pro Bowl selection sat out most of the Chargers' offseason workouts and part of training camp to protest his contract status.

Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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