Merriman gone, but so is Buster Davis

The San Diego Chargers made two moves Tuesday. One has been expected. One wasn’t.

San Diego officially turned out the lights on the Shawne Merriman era and put receiver Buster Davis on the injured reserve.

The Merriman move was expected since last week when the Chargers announced they’d do it when he was healthy. Here are my initial thoughts on Merriman’s departure.

While the Merriman move was coming, Davis’ groin injury was not expected. It’s too bad for Davis. The 2007 No. 1 pick was finally showing his potential and he was finally healthy.

Davis is a very earnest guy who wants to succeed. He was on his way this season. He had 21 catches for 259 yards as the team’s No. 3 receiver. He and quarterback Philip Rivers were building a nice chemistry together.

Davis was inactive for 15 games last season and he was put on the IR in 2008. Now, Davis will have to wait until 2011 to try to reach his potential. But at least he showed he’s capable.

The Chargers also expected to be without starters Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee on Sunday in Houston because of hamstring injuries. Floyd has missed two games and Naanee has missed the past three games. Vincent Jackson has to miss two more games before being eligible to play after ending his holdout. Rivers was without his top four receivers last week as well in a 33-25 win over Tennessee.

I don’t expect the news on Davis to change San Diego’s interest level on Randy Moss, who is now eligible to be claimed off waivers.