David Sanchirico
Monday June 10th, 2013

Shawne Merriman played nine seasons and was a three-time Pro Bowler in the NFL. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images) Shawne Merriman played nine seasons and was a three-time Pro Bowler in the NFL. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)

Former Chargers and Bills linebacker Shawne Merriman overdosed in California Sunday night, according to the Los Angeles Times.

According to the report, Merriman, 29, ingested a combination of alcohol and drugs and was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from The Colony nightclub around 9:30 p.m.

Merriman returned from the NFL in March after being a three-time Pro Bowler in nine seasons. He was suspended four games in 2006 after testing positive for steroids, which he attributed to a faulty dietary supplement.

The 29-year-old Washington D.C. native was active on Twitter hours after being taken to the hospital and denied the reports later Monday morning.

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