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Injured Merriman vulnerable, but some foes want to avoid 'bad karma'

If Shawne Merriman survives the season despite playing with an acknowledged serious injury, it will be his most amazing accomplishment, writes Jeffri Chadiha.

Originally Published: September 3, 2008
By Jeffri Chadiha | ESPN.com

Editor's note:This column originally was published Sept. 3. St. Louis Rams center Richie Incognito was like a lot of people who heard the recent news that San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman would play with two torn left knee ligaments this season: Incognito couldn't believe it.

It wasn't just that Merriman had ignored recommendations by four doctors to have surgery. It was that Incognito knew how much Merriman's life ...

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