In the end, I am not surprised that neither Randy Moss nor former San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman were claimed by an AFC West team, although I thought Merriman could help Denver. But, in the end, none of the teams in the division thought it was worth picking up the price tag of either player.
Merriman’s new team, Buffalo, doesn’t play any AFC West teams the rest of the season. Moss’ new club, Tennessee, plays at Kansas City in December.
As expected, San Diego starting receivers Malcom Floyd and Legedu Naanee didn’t practice because of hamstring injuries. They are not expected to Sunday at Houston. Tight end Antonio Gates didn’t practice because of a toe injury, but he has played the past two games with the injury. Guard Kris Dielman has a neck injury and he did not practice. Kicker Nate Kaeding didn’t practice with a groin injury. He has missed the past two games and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he missed Sunday’s game and then returned after the team’s Nov. 14 bye. Linebacker Larry English is back to practice for the first time more than a month because of a foot injury. His return may be on the horizon.