|Reggie Bush, who sat on the bench after injuring his left knee last week, reportedly will sit out the rest of the season. (Judi Bottoni/Associated Press)|
Star outside linebacker Shawne Merriman will miss the San Diego Chargers' home game against Detroit Sunday because of a sprained ligament in his left knee.
Coach Norv Turner said yesterday the injury isn't season-ending.
"I'm not going to speculate, but it could be a couple of weeks," Turner said a day after Merriman was hurt in the second quarter of San Diego's 23-17 overtime win at Tennessee.
With three games to go in the regular season, the Chargers (8-5) lead the AFC West by two games over Denver.
Merriman had two sacks against Tennessee to push his season total to 11 1/2. He's the sixth player in NFL history to get 10 or more sacks in his first three seasons. He had an NFL-high 17 sacks last year.
Quarterback Philip Rivers also has a sprained left knee, but anticipates playing Sunday. Rivers also was hurt in the second quarter but returned to start the second half.
Fullback Lorenzo Neal, the lead blocker for Chargers star tailback LaDainian Tomlinson, suffered a fractured fibula against the Titans and will miss the rest of the regular season.
Bush out for season?Citing two league sources, ESPN.com reported that New Orleans tailback Reggie Bush will not play again in 2007, but the Saints were not yet ready to confirm reports Bush will be out the rest of the season.
Bush visited with Dr. James Andrews in Birmingham, Ala., yesterday for a second opinion on his damaged left knee. The renowned orthopedic surgeon reportedly agreed with the diagnoses of Saints doctors that Bush has a partially torn posterior cruciate ligament. The injury will not require surgery.
Not kicking habitsBroncos punter Todd Sauerbrun faces an assault charge for an incident outside a restaurant in Englewood, Colo., a case that could bring more discipline from the NFL.
Sauerbrun, fourth in punting in the NFL, was suspended for the first month of last season after using a banned dietary supplement. Upon his reinstatement, the Broncos and Sauerbrun split ways and he signed with the Patriots.
Sauerbrun returned to Denver on a one-year, $1.4 million contract after being granted his release from the Patriots in the spring, and Broncos coach Mike Shanahan admonished him upon his return: "Just stay clean, just stay out of trouble."
Denver police said Sauerbrun was cited for simple assault early Saturday.
"He was cited for a municipal ordinance violation of simple assault that stemmed from an altercation with a cab driver," a police spokesman said. "So Sauerbrun was not arrested, but he was transported to a local detox facility."
Last year, Sauerbrun lost his job to Paul Ernster while serving his suspension. He rejoined the Broncos April 20 and pledged to repay Shanahan for giving him another chance, much as Denver's coach did in 2005 after Carolina gave up on him following a series of on- and off-field distractions, including a drunken driving arrest.
Sauerbrun could face more discipline from the league under commissioner Roger Goodell's get-tough policy on misbehavior.