Late AFC West news and notes

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

The Chiefs got encouraging news with starting quarterback Matt Cassel on the practice field Monday. Cassel will try to play Sunday at Baltimore. He suffered a knee sprain Aug.29 against Seattle. Cassel will be a work in progress all week, but the fact that he worked some Monday is a good sign.

  • San Diego star linebacker Shawne Merriman continued to defend himself.

  • Kirk Morrison and Ricky Brown will both start for the Raiders. They two were battling for Morrison’s inside linebacker job during camp. This could work out well for Oakland. Morrison has been productive and Brown was very active during the summer.

  • Here’s one reason why Richard Seymour may be reluctant to report to the Raiders: In the past six seasons, he won 77 regular-season games in New England. Oakland won 24 games in that time span. So, actually, it’s 53 reasons why Seymour may be a little gun shy.

  • Speaking of ugly numbers, San Diego heads into Oakland on Monday night with a 11-game winning streak over the Raiders.

  • The Chiefs added tackle Barry Richardson to the practice squad. He was cut Sunday.