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AFC West notes: Russell update

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
Here are some AFC West notes leading with an injury update on JaMarcus Russell:

In Oakland, Raiders coach Tom Cable told reporters that Russell should be ready to play Sunday against visiting New England. Russell was more cautious and wouldn't commit to being ready.

His ankle has been in a protective boot since Thursday night's loss at San Diego. Russell was knocked out of the game late in the second quarter. It appears if Russell feels comfortable in practice this week, he will play against the Patriots.

It still says here that Russell should pack it up for the rest of the season. He has been suffering from ankle and knee injuries much of the season. The Raiders are 3-10 and not going anywhere. Russell, who hasn't played well for much of the season, should start preparing for 2009. But it seems if healthy enough, he will play.

In Kansas City, Chiefs coach Herman Edwards said young quarterback Tyler Thigpen needs to look for his receivers other than tight end Tony Gonzalez. It is clear Gonzalez is Thigpen's first option, but he is also his best option. The two clearly have a strong chemistry. After Sunday's loss in Denver, Gonzalez said it would be a "disgrace" if Thigpen isn't Kansas City's quarterback next season.

In San Diego, backup linebacker Marques Harris is back on the practice field after an injury. The Chargers are fairly healthy for the stretch run. San Diego has to win all of its final three games, starting Sunday at Kansas City, and it has to hope Denver loses all three of its remaining games to claim the division crown.