While Oakland coach Tom Cable acted as if running back Michael Bush would be playing Sunday in a conference call with Tennessee media on Wednesday, Bush was limited in practice. He broke his left thumb Aug. 28. I think whether or not Bush plays will come down to if he can catch the ball and block effectively.
Meanwhile, Trevor Scott will start at right defensive end. He was an end last year before moving to linebacker. He was supposed to start at outside linebacker. Now, Quentin Groves will start there. Scott will start ahead of second-year player Matt Shaughnessy. He is still expected to be a rotational player.
The San Diego Union Tribune reports that Shawne Merriman returned to practice for the first time in three weeks after being out with an Achilles injury. However, the paper doesn’t expect Merriman to play Monday at Kansas City. That makes sense because Merriman hasn’t practiced much. He held out much of training camp before reporting shortly before getting hurt.
Denver right tackle Ryan Harris did not practice with an ankle injury Wednesday. He was hurt while playing in the preseason finale at Minnesota on Thursday. If Harris can’t play, rookie Zane Beadles may start at right tackle. Running back Knowshon Moreno (hamstring) and rookie receiver Demaryius Thomas (foot) practiced in full.
Gene Wojciechowski’s annual pre-season prediction column on ESPN.com is full of AFC West nuggets.