Blackout news: The bad and the good

September, 29, 2011
9/29/11
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After flirting with a blackout last week, the San Diego Chargers announced their home game against Miami on Sunday will be blacked out on local television.

We saw this one coming.

The Chargers announced they had to sell 7,200 tickets Tuesday by Thursday afternoon. More than 6,500 seats remain available. They had over 3,000 tickets to sell last week for the Chiefs’ game and they ended up avoiding a blackout.

Selling out two straight games against winless opponents early in the season is a tough sell in San Diego. The Chargers’ next two home game are against Green Bay (Nov. 6) and Oakland (Nov. 10, yep, a Thursday nighter). Both games should sell out.

Meanwhile, as expected, Oakland's game against New England has sold out. There was no way this game wasn’t going to be a sell out after the Raiders’ big win over the Jets last week. That game, too, was sold out. The Raiders sold out one game each of the past two seasons.

In other AFC West nuggets Thursday afternoon:

In Denver, cornerback Champ Bailey (hamstring) and defensive end Elvis Dumervil (shoulder) continued to be limited in practice Thursday. They have both missed the past two games. Friday is a critical day for both players. If neither can practice fully, they probably won’t be able to play at Green Bay on Sunday.

In Kansas City, cornerback Brandon Flowers (ankle) and receiver Jonathan Baldwin (thumb) continued to be limited in practice. It may be a long shot that either plays Sunday at home against Minnesota.

In another sign that receiver Jacoby Ford will play Sunday against New England is that he is working at kick returner in practice. He was perhaps the NFL’s most dynamic kick returner last year as a rookie when he took three kickoffs to the house. He has missed the past two games with a hamstring injury.

ESPN.com columnist Jeffri Chadiha believes Kansas City coach Todd Haley is the second most likely coach to get fired.

Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski was named the AFC special teams player of the month. I couldn’t think of a better choice. That 63-yard field goal (which tied the NFL record for the longest field goal in the history of the league) in Week 1 was a nice start to a great month for Seabass.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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