Merriman Reportedly Facing Suspension for Positive Steroids Test
San Diego Chargers linebacker Shawne Merriman reportedly is facing a four-game suspension by the NFL for a positive steroids test.
ESPN reported tonight that Merriman has been informed of the positive test but the suspension has not been imposed because an appeal by Merriman still is pending. The positive test was for steroids, not a related supplement, and was to be announced last week before Merriman appealed, ESPN reported.
Merriman and Chargers officials were not immediately available to comment as the team traveled back to San Diego after a loss at Kansas City.
Merriman is in his second NFL season after being selected in the first round of last year's draft out of the University of Maryland. He has established himself as one of the league's top pass rushers. He had 10 sacks and was the NFL's defensive rookie of the year last season and has 5-1/2 sacks in six games this season.
Under the NFL's policy on steroids and related substances, a player is suspended for four games without pay for a first positive test.
Two other NFL players, Atlanta Falcons guard Matt Lehr and Detroit Lions defensive tackle Shaun Rogers, were suspended last week under the policy.
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