Gates and Schilens are active

December, 5, 2010
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SAN DIEGO -- San Diego star tight end Antonio Gates is active. He has been dealing with a foot ailment for the past month. He played last week at Indianapolis after missing two games. He was very limited in practice this week.

Receiver Malcom Floyd is expected to play after dealing with a hamstring injury. As expected, receiver Vincent Jackson is out with a calf injury he suffered on the second play at Indianapolis.

Mike Tolbert, who was questionable with a hand injury, is active and he will start. Rookie tailback Ryan Mathews will play after dealing with an ankle injury the past two games. He’ll backup Tolbert.

Guard Tyrone Green will play start his second straight game for Louis Vasquez, who is out with a neck injury. Stephen Cooper (knee) is active, but Brandon Siler will start in his place at inside linebacker.

Oakland receiver Chaz Schilens is a surprise active player. He’s been out all year with foot and knee issues. He has only practiced sparingly this season. The Raiders have given no indications how much he will play Sunday.

Cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha (ankle) and tight end Zach Miller (foot and leg contusion) are active and are expected to start.

Meanwhile, Kansas City standout cornerback Brandon Flowers is playing Sunday after missing last week’s game with a hamstring that limited him in practice much of the week.

The Kansas City Star has an interesting look at what makes these upstart Chiefs unique amongst NFL teams.

Denver Post Broncos’ beat writer Mike Klis thinks Denver head coach Josh McDaniels could be in trouble.

McDaniels was a subject on ESPN’s NFL Sunday Countdown. He wasn’t getting rave reviews. Here’s a taste:

Mike Ditka: “I think coaching is about a lot of things, X’s and O’s we know that’s important. I think people are more important. How you handle your people, how you relate to your people and how you make your personnel decisions and that’s where he’s had a problem.”

Tom Jackson: “The defensive coordinator really responsible for that 6-0 start is now in Miami….now you have Brady Quinn, I don’t know if he can play pro football. You’ve got the greatest collegiate player in history in Tim Tebow, I don’t know if he can play pro football. And you got caught cheating in the last two weeks.”

Cris Carter: “As a young coach, you have to be careful how you wield your power…If you mismanage that power and you try to wield your power too strong, then guys, you won’t get the best out of them and that’s what’s happening in Denver.”

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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