Rest and surgery

The healing has begun in anticipation of the stretch run. Some Chargers are doing it through rest while others have opted for other means.

One linebacker did, another didn't.

Rookie outside linebacker Shawne Merriman has surgery on his fractured wrist, an injury he sustained in Sunday's win over the Jets in which he had another sack and collected a team-high nine tackles.

Merriman had some pins inserted into the left wrist, but is expected to be ready for when the Chargers resume playing on Nov. 20 against the Bills.

The bye came, obviously, at the right time for the Chargers' top pick, who has a team-high five sacks.

Veteran inside linebacker Donnie Edwards has decided against arthroscopic surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. Edwards hurt it in Philadelphia three weeks ago, and thought he would undergo the procedure during the bye week.

"I changed my mind," said Edwards, the team's leading tackler. "When I first hurt it, there was swelling that day. But against Kansas City, there was no swelling and I played Sunday) with no problem, so I'm going to wait until the end of the season."

Edwards started his 136th consecutive game on Sunday.

The Chargers could ill afford to lose either player. Merriman has supplied a boost to the pass rush and Edwards is simply a tackling machine on one of the NFL's toughest units to run against.

"He probably is having a better year than last year," coach Marty Schottenheimer said of Edwards. "His playmaking continues to be a big, big part of what we do."

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