Merriman doubtful to play at Cleveland

San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman will likely get the rest he needs Sunday at Cleveland.

Merriman is listed as doubtful on the injury report with a foot injury. He did not practice all week. He has been dealing with a nagging foot injury for several weeks. He didn’t practice last week prior to the game against Kansas City and he played minimally. The Chargers have a tough three-game stretch starting in Week 14 at Dallas, so Merriman will need to be ready for that game. Resting him now is a good move.

It looks like the return of center Nick Hardwick will be delayed another week. He has been out since Week1 with an ankle injury. He’s been trying to come back since late October. He is doubtful to play Sunday, though.

Defensive end Luis Castillo is doubtful to play with a calf injury. He missed last week’s game. Safety Eric Weddle will miss two weeks with a knee injury.

Meanwhile, Denver safety Brian Dawkins is questionable to play at Kansas City on Sunday with an ankle injury. He practiced some for the first time this week Friday. Backup Kansas City running back Kolby Smith is out with an ankle injury.

The Oakland Tribune is reporting that Raiders defensive end Greg Ellis is doubtful to play at Pittsburgh on Sunday.