Seymour swats his way to honor

The Oakland Raiders announced Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour has been honored as the AFC special teams player of the week.

That’s what happens when a player keeps his team in the playoff hunt. Seymour blocked two 49-yard field goal attempts by Kansas City, including one at the end of regulation, in the Raiders’ overtime win. It was a clutch effort by a big-time player.

In other AFC West news:

The Raiders announced running back Darren McFadden, fullback Marcel Reece, defensive tackle Tommy Kelly and safety Tyvon Branch are all Pro Bowl alternates. They did not disclose order of each player’s alternate status. Its remarkable McFadden was recognized considering he was hurt in October. It’s an honor for a great player who was having great season before he hurt his foot. By the way, the word is McFadden is a long shot to play Sunday.

The Chargers announced receiver Vincent Jackson (first), running back Ryan Mathews and center Nick Hardwick (third) were Pro Bowl alternates. Jackson and Hardwick are set to be free agents after the season.

San Diego tight end Antonio Gates made his eighth Pro Bowl team. He has surpassed Kellen Winslow as the most Pro Bowl berths by a San Diego tight end.

Comedian Bill Maher has created a firestorm over a profane tweet about Tim Tebow after the Broncos lost at Buffalo. Meanwhile, Tebow’s faith-driven autobiography made him the best-selling religious author of 2011.

Meanwhile, Denver will have a special guest at its game Sunday as it tries to clinch the AFC West title with a win over Kansas City.