AFC West notes: Russell ready

December, 10, 2008
12/10/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here are some AFC West evening notes:

Oakland coach Tom Cable said quarterback JaMarcus Russell is going to be able to play Sunday against New England. Russell practiced Wednesday. He suffered an ankle injury last week at San Diego.

It appears rookie Cory Boyd will have a chance to play Sunday for Denver at Carolina. Boyd, who was signed to the Denver practice squad a few weeks ago, was promoted to the 53-man roster this week after Denver lost starter Peyton Hillis, the fifth running back the Broncos have lost for the season. Boyd will likely play along with Selvin Young and Tatum Bell.

Boyd is a big, downhill runner, which is the type of back Denver has had success with. He was a productive player at South Carolina.

"We are bringing Cory up and we still have Tatum," Denver quarterback Jay Cutler said today. "I think we are going to be fine playing with those two guys. "I think our offensive line has done a great job no matter who is back there by making holes. Some weeks, the running game opens up something for the passing game and vice versa. Through all the injuries and all the different tailbacks I think we've done a good job of consistently trying to run the ball."

Another free agent pickup, Kwame Harris, has been replaced in Oakland. Mario Henderson is taking over at left tackle. Harris has struggled often this season and he did not have a good game in Oakland's 34-7 loss at San Diego on Thursday. Harris has committed 11 false starts and four holding penalties this season. Harris has a $6 million roster bonus due in March so it's likely he will be cut.

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