Early AFC West notes

October, 5, 2011
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Oakland receiver Louis Murphy is practicing for the first time in almost two months. He’s been out with a sports hernia.

Murphy has been a starter for Oakland. His return is a boost to Oakland's talented, yet crowded receiving corps. It will be interesting to see how the Raiders rotate receivers at Houston on Sunday.

The Kansas City Star looks at the unusual methods Chiefs coach Todd Haley takes to help his players succeed.

Oakland running back Darren McFadden and San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers are both featured on ESPN.com’s MVP Watch this week. Makes sense to me.

Denver linebacker Von Miller is still atop ESPN.com’s Rookie Watch. He has four sacks in four games. Yes, it’s been a pretty good start for the No. 2 overall pick.

The Chiefs signed running back Shaun Draughn to the practice squad. He was previously with Washington this summer. To make room, offensive lineman Butch Lewis was cut from the practice squad.

Sterling Moore, who was a star in training camp for Oakland, has been signed to New England’s practice squad. There was a lot of talk that Moore would make Oakland’s 53-man roster. In the end, the team cut him from the practice squad. I know Moore created excitement during the summer, but I don’t think Oakland fans should be bummed about this. If the Raiders thought he could help, he’d be in the program.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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