Shawne Merriman was hospitalized on Sunday night (USA Today Sports Images)
Former NFL linebacker Shawne Merriman was rushed to the hospital following what was described as a "medical emergency" at a Hollywood club on Sunday night, Andrew Blankstein of the Los Angeles Times reports.
Blankstein would later add that Merriman apparently overdosed after ingesting an unspecified combination of alcohol and drugs.
Merriman is apparently okay as he was reportedly spotted back out on the town after the medical emergency and has been active on Twitter. Merriman has bemoaned the loss of a pair of sunglasses and a ruined "Lights Out" shirt, while expressing excitement about seeing The Game at The Greystone Manor in West Hollywood last night. Merriman posted a photo of their meeting on Instagram.
Merriman, 29, announced his retirement from the NFL in March. In eight NFL seasons with the San Diego Chargers and Buffalo Bills, Merriman posted 45.5 sacks, including an NFL-high 17 sacks during the 2006 season, earned Pro Bowl honors three times and was the 2005 NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.
Injuries would force Merriman to miss 47 of 80 games over the final five seasons of his career. During that time, Merriman was released by the Chargers, who had selected Merriman in the first round of the 2005 NFL draft. Merriman was picked up by the Bills, where he recorded two sacks in 15 games over the 2011 and 2012 seasons.
Merriman had been scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent, but instead chose to pull the plug on a once promising career.
"I retire today not because I don't feel I can go out there and still play the game at a very high level, I am retiring because I want to retire on my own terms and leave while I know I can still physically play the game," Merriman wrote on his website in March. "I am stepping back to pursue other great opportunities that have been afforded me."
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