Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com is reporting that neither Shawne Merriman or Kelvin Sheppard will play in tonight’s preseason clash with Jacksonville. Both are nursing nagging injuries and the coach staff apparently doesn’t want to talk any chances. Merriman is dealing with a tight groin, while Sheppard has struggled with a hamstring issue throughout camp.
This is an especially tough break for the rookie Sheppard, who has yet to play in a preseason contest. While he’s in no danger of not making the roster, he’s going to have a very difficult time earning playing time early in this season with so little practice time. Meanwhile, Merriman is a ticking injury time bomb, so maybe it’s just as well he doesn’t play.