AFC West pregame notes
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Here are some pregame AFC West notes:
Star left cornerback Champ Bailey is not active for the Broncos in Atlanta today despite the fact that he practiced some on Thursday and Friday. Denver will surely miss Bailey against the pass-happy Falcons.
Ultimately, it is probably the best decision that Bailey has another week of rest. He suffered a groin injury Oct. 20. Denver will likely be in the AFC West race for the rest of the season and it will need Bailey for the stretch run. Another week off should do Bailey good and he should be back for next week's home game against Oakland.
Kansas City running back Larry Johnson is expected to get 12-15 rushes today in his first game back after sitting for four games as a punishment for off-field issues from both the team and the NFL. The Chiefs have become a spread offense with quarterback Tyler Thigpen in the last three weeks so Johnson will have to adjust to the new offensive scheme.
Running back Darren McFadden is active and will play after missing the last three games. He had turf toe injuries on both feet. Expect McFadden to be eased back into the offense and he will back up Justin Fargas against the Dolphins. McFadden has had a disappointing rookie season because of injuries. When he gets his full health, expect McFadden to be explosive player Oakland drafted him to be.
Jim Fassel wants to be the Raiders next head coach. Al Davis should really consider it. A veteran coach such as Fassel or Dennis Green could be what this team needs. Davis often likes to unearth young coaching prospects, but Oakland is in a time of serious need and steady hands such as Fassel or Green could be the answer. This is a situation Davis should consider.