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Report: LB Merriman to drop appeal

Oct. 31, 2006 at 2:05 PM

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 31 (UPI) -- San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman plans to drop an appeal of a four-game suspension for substance abuse, The New York Times reported.

The newspaper quoted a person close to negotiations between Merriman's attorney and an NFL official as saying the player would drop the appeal Wednesday.

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If the suspension goes into affect this week, Merriman could return to the Chargers for their Dec. 3 game against Buffalo.

Merriman's attorney David Cornwell said Merriman apparently tested positive for nandrolone, an anabolic steroid in a nutritional supplement Merriman uses.

Merriman, who had 10 sacks last season, tied a career high with three sacks in San Diego's 38-24 victory Sunday over St. Louis. He has 8 1/2 sacks on the season, tied with Green Bay's Aaron Kampman for the league lead.

San Diego is 5-2 and tied with Denver for first in the AFC West.

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