http://www.chargers.com/news/headline_detail.cfm?news_key=2296 Merriman, Jackson upgraded By Casey Pearce, Chargers.com Thursday, September 08, 2005 It’s beginning to look a little more like rookie linebacker Shawne Merriman may make his NFL debut on Sunday after all. The Chargers’ top pick, who suffered a knee sprain two weeks ago in the Bolts’ preseason contest at Minnesota, practiced with his teammates again on Thursday and was upgraded from questionable to probable on the team’s daily injury report. “He’s getting better,” Chargers Head Coach Marty Schottenheimer said following Thursday’s practice. “We’ve got to get him involved in the kicking game as well. That’s going to be important for him and for us.” Following the injury, the team originally said that they expected Merriman to miss two to four weeks including Sunday’s regular-season opener against the Dallas Cowboys. Merriman has said all along that he expected to be ready. Friday morning, the team will practice for the final time prior to the opener. That workout could go a long way in determining Merriman’s status. Wide receiver Vincent Jackson (Achilles) was also upgraded from questionable to probable on the injury report, and linebacker Steve Foley (eye) remains probable. Foley continued to wear a protective visor Thursday and will most likely wear it in Sunday’s game. After not listing anyone on their injury report Wednesday, the Cowboys added rookie linebacker Kevin Burnett to the list Thursday. According to DallasCowboys.com, Burnett is suffering from what appears to be a reoccurring cartilage injury in his knee. He’s now doubtful for Sunday. On Thursday, the Cowboys signed eight-year veteran linebacker Eric Ogbogu to add depth in case Burnett can’t play.