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AFC West news and notes

11/9/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO - Let's wrap up Sunday in the AFC West:

*  Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson said he is completely healed from a turf toe injury he suffered in Week 1.  Tomlinson had 78 yards on 22 carries Sunday. He wasn't much of a factor, sans a 17-yard rush.

*  I don't get the feeling that the Broncos or the Chargers will run away from one another in the final seven weeks. The AFC West could be decided in San Diego in Week 17 when the Broncos visit.

*  It will be interesting to see how much cornerback Cletis Gordon plays down the road for San Diego. He replaced Antonio Cromartie, who is dealing with a hip injury, in the game. But Cromartie, who has struggled some this season, did play some.

*  Don't count out tight ends Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates. The old vets both had terrific games as they led their respective teams in receiving. Gonzalez had 10 catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns and Gates had eight catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.

*  It will be interesting to see if San Diego's home game against Indianapolis on Nov. 23 stays the night game. Games can now be adjusted. After both the Chargers and the Colts both had thrilling wins, the game could benefit for a prime-time audience. An announcement could be made as soon as Monday.

Congratulations to Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski. He became Oakland's all-time leading scorer Sunday with two field goals in the Raiders' 17-6 loss to Carolina. Janikowski, a former first-round pick, surpassed legend George Blanda in team scoring lore.