Report: No cast for Kyle Orton

December, 5, 2011
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The Kansas City Star reported that Kyle Orton did not have a cast on the index finger of his throwing hand Monday a day after he was injured on his only pass as a Chief.

Kansas City coach Todd Haley didn’t give much information on Orton’s status Monday. The Kansas City Star believes Tyler Palko will likely remain the Chiefs’ starter for the time being.

Orton was claimed off waivers two weeks ago. He is a free agent at the end of the season. Kansas City picked up the final $2.5 million of his Denver contract.

In other AFC West nuggets:

The San Diego Union Tribune reports that injured offensive linemen Kris Dielman (concussion) and Marcus McNeill (neck) have long-term health concerns. The paper reports Dielman has considered retirement. Both players are out for the year.

It is likely these decisions will be made in the offseason, but it is clear the offensive line will be a priority in the draft and in free agency for the Chargers, who very well could have new front office and a new coaching staff making those decisions.

An ESPN Insider piece looks at the Chargers’ chances Monday night at Jacksonville.

In a radio interview, San Diego safety Eric Weddle said the locker room is not distracted by speculation that coach Norv Turner will be fired at the end of the season.

It doesn’t look like the Broncos will face Chicago star running back Matt Forte on Sunday. He has an MCL sprain in his knee.

If the season ended today -- and it doesn’t -- Denver, not Oakland would be the AFC West winner. Both teams are 7-5 heading into the final quarter of the season.

There doesn’t appear to be any clarity about the status of the injured Raiders’ standout skill-position players.

Oakland coach Hue Jackson told reporters Monday he doesn’t expect running back Darren McFadden to miss the rest of the season, but he doesn’t have a timetable on his return. The hope had been that McFadden would be able to play Sunday at Green Bay. He has missed the past five games.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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