Shawne Merriman: No issues at border

Buffalo Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman has confirmed he was stopped at the border entering the United States from Canada before training camp, saying there was "no problem" with the crossing, which he said included a search of his suitcases.

"I came across as I normally do," Merriman told the Buffalo News. "I go there to get some massage therapy work done. They just questioned me about some bags and stuff I had. I was stopped and that was it. I was coming to camp. I had suitcases and stuff like that. They just wanted to go through all my stuff."

Merriman addressed the border crossing amid Internet rumblings that some of his belongings were confiscated.

"No, un-uh. I had stuff coming to camp," Merriman said, according to the newspaper. "They went through all my suitcases and that was it."

Merriman had tweeted on the situation Thursday.

"Absolutely NO steroids found in my vehicle & there were NO charges against me," Merriman wrote via Twitter. "I've received a great welcome by the community and fans. I've worked my butt off to have a great season."

Government officials with the U.S. Attorney's office in Buffalo and the U.S. Border Patrol told the newspaper there was nothing to report on the matter.

Merriman, who has missed two days of practice this week since hurting his right knee during a pass-rushing drill, has been ruled out of the Bills' preseason game at Denver on Saturday to rest the knee, a decision Bills coach Chan Gailey called a precaution. Gailey said Merriman would have likely played if it were a regular-season game.

San Diego's 2005 first-round draft pick, Merriman is a three-time Pro Bowl selection. He was suspended four games in 2006 after testing positive for steroids. He blamed the positive test on a tainted supplement, which he never identified.

In 60 career games, he has 43½ sacks -- but only four in his past three seasons after his production was slowed by injuries.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.