Last year Shawne Merriman had 17 sacks in 12 games; this year he has 5.5 through ten. Granted, sacks aren't the sole indicator of a good season for an edge rusher, but it's safe to say that he isn't having the best season of his career, regardless of what he's saying publicly.
In a related development, Pro Football Talk paired up a photo of Merriman from May 2005 (before he was caught for steroids) with another photo taken two years later, after his steroid suspension. And… you're never gonna believe this, but the beast who got a ton of sacks in '05 and '06 has no neck and gigantic shoulders, while the guy who got blown up by Maurice Jones-Drew looks like he lost about 20 pounds of muscle.
So, what did we learn from all this? Well, for one, steroids make you stronger. And also that Shawne Merriman did steroids. And halting your steroid use results in the loss of muscle. That's three things we never knew before today! Wow! Pro Football talk really does break all the best NFL news!
FACT-Y UPDATE: Looks like PFT screwed the pooch yet again. In other news, Terry Bradshaw is still alive and Brett Favre is still playing. Pity.