Afternoon look around the AFC West

July, 27, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

While the NFL awaits what Brett Favre and the Packers will do next, there is life in the league outside that fiasco.

Let's take a quick trip around the AFC West:

Denver Broncos

  • Guard Chris Kuper is not going to let a broken hand get him down. After breaking his hand on the first day of camp, the rugged Alaskan continues to practice. Kuper can smell blood in the water. The man who has the right guard job he covets, Montrae Holland, has to sit out of camp until he sheds between 10-20 pounds. There is no way Kuper is letting a broken bone get in his way of earning a job. There is no doubt his toughness is duly noted by his coaches.

Kansas City Chiefs

  • After weather halted the first day of camp on Friday, the Chiefs were able to finish their workout Saturday. However, coach Herman Edwards is not exactly thrilled. He thinks his team has to get in better shape. Do not fret, Herm, that is what training camp is for.

Oakland Raiders

  • Newly minted Raiders defensive tackle Tommy Kelly is preparing for the pressure of getting big money. Kelly admits that he was surprised the Raiders shelled out about $50 million for his services. Kelly is not alone. The entire league was surprised the Raiders paid Kelly that much.

San Diego Chargers

  • Star running back LaDainian Tomlinson is no Peyton Manning but he is adding to his commercial résumé. Imagine how many commercials L.T. will score if the Chargers win the Super Bowl. He will probably still never catch Manning when it comes to airtime, though.
  • Linebacker Stephen Cooper had a tough offseason. He is enjoying the structure of training camp. That is, until he starts an NFL suspension for using a banned substance.

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