Chargers will be blacked out Sunday

Interest is clearly waning in the 5-7 San Diego Chargers.

The team announced Thursday that Sunday’s home game against Buffalo will be blacked out on local television. About 5,000 tickets remain for the game. Only about 500 tickets were sold since the team announced the game was in danger a blackout.

Even though San Diego snapped a six-game losing streak Monday night at Jacksonville, the Chargers are tied with Kansas City and are two games behind division-leading Denver and Oakland. There has also been heavy speculation coach Norv Tuner and general manager A.J. Smith may be fired at the end of the season.

In other AFC West nuggets:

In Denver, tackle Ryan Clady was back at practice Thursday after missing Wednesday’s session with a knee injury. However, running back Willis McGahee (knee) and receiver Eddie Royal (concussion) missed Thursday’s practice. McGahee told reporters that he will be able to play Sunday against Chicago.

Here’s a video debate on whether Denver first-year coach is John Fox is the reason for Tim Tebow’s success. ESPN Stats & Information has evidence that Denver is winning for reasons that extend beyond Tebow. ESPN columnist Jeffri Chadiha looks at the impact Tebow’s success has had on the NFL.

— New Charger and former Chief Jared Gaither quickly endeared himself to his teammates in San Diego.

In an Insider piece, Mel Kiper explains why he graded John Elway out as his No. 1 ranked quarterback coming out of college in the past 32 years.

The Contra Costa Times reports Oakland cornerback Chris Johnson has rejoined the team. He was in Texas after his sister was killed and his mother was wounded in a shooting.

— Chicago linebacker Lance Briggs expressed his feelings about the idea of losing to Tebow and the Broncos on Sunday.

— Kansas City quarterback Kyle Orton and center Casey Wiegmann continued to be limited by finger injuries for the second straight day. At this point, it’s safe to expect Tyler Palko to make his fourth straight start for the Chiefs at quarterback.