Evening AFC West notes

November, 28, 2011
11/28/11
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Kansas City coach Todd Haley said Tyler Palko is the team’s starter but Kyle Orton will get a chance to earn the job. Translation: if Orton quickly learns the Chiefs’ offense he will start Sunday at Chicago.

The reason why the Chiefs claimed the remaining $2.5 million of Orton’s contract last week was to play him. There is little chance he is going to sit. Orton is a free agent at the end of the season.

Palko has thrown six interceptions in two starts since taking over for Matt Cassel, who is out for the year with a broken hand.

Injured Oakland offensive standouts, running back Darren McFadden and Jacoby Ford, are talking steps from returning from foot injuries. Ford could maybe play Sunday at Miami and the target for McFadden’s return is Dec. 14 at Green Bay. That game will now start at 4:15 p.m. ET.

Former Denver quarterback Jake Plummer had a rebuttal to Tim Tebow’s rebuttal about Plummer’s comments in a radio interview. I have always liked Plummer, but his words about Tebow have nothing to do with what Tebow is doing on the field and I think that’s where the focus needs to be.

Denver football leader John Elway praised his team that has won five of six games with Tebow as the starter. Also, Elway made it clear he is fully supporting his young quarterback.

San Diego coach Norv Turner is not worrying about his job security. Still, Turner has to know if the Chargers don’t make the playoffs for a second straight year he will very likely be fired. And it does not look good. San Diego has lost six straight games and is at 4-7.

A lot of people have asked me for a reaction to television cameras catching San Diego kicker Nick Novak relieving himself on the sideline during Sunday's game against Denver. It happens all the time. Unfortunately, the cameras focused on him at the wrong time.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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