Merriman's preseason debut delayed by Achilles injury

SAN DIEGO -- Chargers outside linebacker Shawne Merriman will miss Saturday night's preseason game against the Dallas Cowboys because of an Achilles' tendon injury that has prevented him from practicing since Tuesday.

Merriman missed the Chargers' preseason opener last Saturday against the Chicago Bears because he ended his holdout just one day earlier.

Inside linebacker Brandon Siler (ankle), offensive lineman Scott Mruczkowski (ankle), tight end Richie Brockel (shoulder) and left tackle Nick Richmond (knee) also won't play for the Chargers, and it's unlikely offensive lineman Tyronne Green (ankle) will see action.

The Chargers practiced Friday morning at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. The team signed autographs and ran drills for an estimated 500 military members and their families.

The highlight of the session came at the expense of the rookie class, which went through a pushup exercise while being yelled at by drill sergeants.

Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press

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