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Denver safety Brian Dawkins is doubtful

12/30/2011

Denver safety Brian Dawkins is doubtful for Sunday's game against Kansas City with a neck injury that has been bothering him for several weeks.

He did not practice all week. It will be up to rookies Quinton Carter and Rahim Moore to anchor the defense in a critical game against the Chiefs. Denver will win the AFC West with a victory over the Chiefs and former Denver quarterback Kyle Orton.

If Denver losses, we may not see Dawkins in a Denver uniform again. He is 38 and there is concern in Denver about the neck injury. He has been the unquestioned leader of the team since he arrived as a free agent from Philadelphia in 2009.

For Kansas City, running back Jackie Battle (foot) is out and safety Jon McGraw (ankle) is doubtful to play Sunday.

In Oakland, the Raiders’ injury situation is status quo.

For San Diego, receiver Vincent Jackson is practicing for the first time this week and running backs Ryan Mathews and Mike Tolbert are not. Tolbert missed the entire week of practice. Mathews worked Thursday. I could see all three of these players having limited roles in a must-win for Oakland and a get-away game for the eliminated Chargers.

UPDATE: As expected Oakland running back Darren McFadden (foot) and defensive tackle John Henderson (knee) are out. Receiver Jacoby Ford (foot) and safety Michael Huff (hamstring) are questionable. They were limited in practice all week.

In San Diego, Tolbert ended up practicing. He and Jackson are probable and Mathews is questionable.