Star outside linebacker Shawne Merriman will miss San Diego's home game against Detroit because of a sprained ligament in his left knee that knocked him out of Sunday's game at Tennessee, which the Chargers won in overtime.
Quarterback Philip Rivers is in a little better shape, saying he expects to play against the Lions even though he, too, has a sprained left knee.
"It will be at least one game," Merriman said in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Monday. "I'll be back to dominating in no time."
Coach Norv Turner said Merriman's injury isn't season-ending.
"I'm not going to speculate, but it could be a couple of weeks," Turner said.
I know it's a little soon to look ahead to the Chargers game, BUT, since the Broncos need to win out, having Merriman out of the SD game couldn't hurt.
Keep your finger's crossed Mile High Reporters!