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Evening AFC West news and notes

San Diego starting receiver Legedu Naanee took a step toward returning to the lineup after missing two games with a hamstring injury. He practiced on a limited basis Wednesday in preparation of Sunday’s home game against Tennessee.

Tight end Antonio Gates didn’t practice because of a toe injury. However, he played Sunday against New England after not practicing all week. I could see a similar plan this week. Naanee’s fellow starter Malcom Floyd did not practice because of a hamstring injury. He missed the New England game. Receiver Buster Davis, who started along with Patrick Crayton in place of Floyd and Naaane, didn’t practice Wednesday because of a ribs injury, but he missed some time last week as well.

Unless there are setbacks, I think the only of the above-mentioned players who is in danger of not playing against Tennessee is Floyd, who may need another week to recover. Kicker Nate Kaeding didn’t practice again with a groin injury and it looks like he may be replaced by Kris Brown for the second straight game.

  • Denver receiver Eddie Royal continued to be out with a groin injury. Safety Brian Dawkins and cornerback Andre Goodman practiced fully for the second straight day after they each missed the past two games. They look like they should be able to face San Francisco at London on Sunday if they don’t suffer setbacks. Denver rookie cornerback Perrish Cox didn’t not practice Wednesday because of a concussion he suffered Sunday. He said this week that he didn’t remember the game, which is probably for the best.

  • In Kansas City, rookie rusher/receiver/returner Dexter McCluster was limited in practice Wednesday with an ankle injury.

  • Titans quarterback Vince Young practiced lightly Wednesday as he tries to come back from an ankle injury. It is still not known if Young or Kerry Collins will play at San Diego on Sunday.

  • Buffalo coach Chan Gailey said he had no ill will toward Kansas City coach Todd Haley, who fired him as offensive coordinator in August, 2009. Gailey is now the head coach in Buffalo. The winless Bills visit Kansas City on Sunday.