Shawne Merriman was released this morning by the Buffalo Bills. (David Duprey / AP)

The Bills released the 28-year-old linebacker, who was trying to return from offseason Achilles’ surgery. Early in his career, Merriman was a three-time Pro Bowler, but the last few years have been marked by injury. He was released by the San Diego Chargers, who drafted him out of Maryland in 2005, in October 2010 and played in five games with the Bills last season as his Achilles injury flared up.

Merriman had an immediate and stellar impact on the league, winning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors in 2005. Merriman had his best season in 2006, when he led the league with 17 sacks after being suspended for the first four games for testing positive for steroids.

In two preseason games with Buffalo, Merriman had one quarterback hit and three tackles.

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