Buffalo Bills Release DE Shawne Merriman

August 20, 2012 Updated Aug 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM EDT

By WKBW News

August 20, 2012 Updated Aug 20, 2012 at 6:43 PM EDT

BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) - Veteran pass rusher and three-time Pro Bowler Shawne "Lights Out" Merriman has been released by the Buffalo Bills today. The release comes hours before the team's first practice since Friday's preseason loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

After being picked up off of waivers by the Bills back in the 2010 season, Merriman has been plagued with injuries that have kept him off the field during the regular season. Most notably the nagging 2010 achilles injury he suffered in his first practice in a Bills uniform.

Merriman appeared in five games during the 2011 season before he was put on injured reserve because of continued issues with his Achilles. He finished the year with 9 tackles and a sack before heading to IR. He then had off-season surgery to try and address his Achilles.

Merriman addressed his release via twitter Monday afternoon.
"I want to say Thanks to the Organization, the Coaches, my teammates & the fans you guys have been great & I'll be looking forward to the chapter" tweeted Merriman.

Merriman had been working with the 2nd and 3rd team on defense and hasn't been playing up to what the coaches has expected.

With Merriman gone, the Bills will likely look to DE Kyle Moore to fill the void. Moore was a fourth round pick in 2009.

For more details on the release, and what this means to the team, look for Sports Director Jeff Russo on Eyewitness News at 6 P.M.