AFC West injury update

November, 12, 2008
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is an AFC West injury update where Oakland is hopeful quarterback JaMarcus Russell will be back on the field Sunday:

Denver: There weren't many surprises for Denver, which has 11 players on injured reserve -- the second-highest total in the NFL. The only fairly interesting tidbit is star left cornerback Champ Bailey wasn't listed as "out" for the game as were fellow starters Marlon McCree, Nate Webster and D.J. Williams. Bailey was listed as "did not participate." That does not close the door on him playing for the first time since Oct. 20 when he suffered a groin injury.

At this point, it would be a surprise if Bailey played Sunday at Atlanta. More than likely, undrafted rookie Josh Bell and Karl Paymah will vie for playing time at left cornerback. Running back Selvin Young didn't practice with a groin injury that has been bothering him for nearly six weeks. He is likely a long shot to play at Atlanta.

Oakland: Raiders coach Tom Cable is hopeful Russell, running back Darren McFadden and defensive end Derrick Burgess can play Sunday at Miami.

Russell didn't play against Carolina because of tendonitis in his knee. McFadden has been out for the past three games with turf toe injuries on both feet, and Burgess has missed the past five games with a triceps injury. The return of these three players would help Oakland try to break its three-game losing streak. Receiver Javon Walker is doubtful with an ankle injury and Ashley Lelie is set to start for him.

San Diego: Cornerback Cletis Gordon didn't practice with a knee injury and he'll likely be out 2-3 weeks. Gordon started against Kansas City for Antonio Cromartie who played despite having a hip injury. Cromartie wasn't on the participation report Wednesday and he is expected to start at Pittsburgh. Rookie Antoine Cason will continue to play in the nickel. However, the Chargers didn't use the nickel defense much against Kansas City.

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ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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