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Shawne Merriman, Bills defensive end, returns to practice after off-season Achilles surgery

Shawne Merriman, who played in only five games for the Buffalo Bills last season, returned to practice Thursday after undergoing Achilles surgery in the off-season. (Rick Stewart/Getty Images)

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Shawne Merriman, the Buffalo Bills defensive end, returned to practice and fully participated in team drills for the first time since undergoing Achilles surgery during the off-season, according to the Bills website. The team shut him down after five games last season.

Merriman has been plagued with injuries since the 2008 season, as Josh Alper noted on, "four straight seasons filled with more missed games than sacks for a player who was once one of the premier pass rushers in all of football."

He is guaranteed $3 million next season by the Bills and figures to play alongside defensive linemen Mario Williams and Mark Anderson.