I also don't really like Merriman (as a person... he's very good at what he does on the field). First of all: he's a Terp. Second: has everyone forgot about him using steriods? Does anyone care, or is that just baseball's problem? Last: He's now gambling a possibly long and stellar career for a season where he's not entirely healthy. I realize NFL players have to play hurt all the time if they want any chance of seeing the field, but with the extent of his injuries this just seems like a dumb idea on his part. I don't wish pain or harm on him at all, but if Stewart were to blow through him early in the game in a way that his injury comes to a point where he has no choice but sit out the year, then I'd feel pretty okay with that (as would every offense in the AFC).
It will be good to see Peppers return to form. (I feel very confident in that.)