SAN DIEGO -- Life appeared to be normal Wednesday for the San Diego Chargers and their star linebacker, Shawne Merriman, who's free to keep practicing and playing while he appeals a positive steroid test that could lead to a four-game suspension.
After practice, quarterback Philip Rivers pulled on a red Maryland T-shirt. Merriman enjoyed seeing his alma mater's colors on his former college rival so much that he laughed and took a picture with his cell phone.
"Maryland beat us this weekend, and me and Merriman had a little bet going," said Rivers, who played at North Carolina State.
Had Merriman lost the bet, "I had the shortest pair of NC State gym shorts you can imagine," Rivers said.
So far, anyway, the Chargers say Merriman's situation hasn't been a distraction.