AFC West news and notes

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

AFC West tidbits on a Tuesday night:

-- The NFL Network guaranteed the purchase of enough tickets to lift the television blackout for the Chargers' home game against Oakland on Thursday night. According to a release by the Chargers, the NFL Network will donate most of the unsold tickets to local military personnel and to soldiers recovering at Balboa Navy Hospital.

The Chargers have had trouble selling tickets all season. It is no surprise they had to be bailed out this week. The Chargers are 4-8, have lost five of their past six games and are close to being eliminated in the AFC West.

-- Oakland has completed the second-fewest passes to wide receivers this season, according to ESPN's Stats & Information. Oakland's receivers have 57 catches this season.

-- Denver put defensive lineman Josh Shaw on the injured reserve list. He is the 13th player Denver has put on injured reserve this season.