Evening AFC West news and notes


Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

  • Running back Kolby Smith has begun practicing with the Chiefs. They have three weeks to decide to activate him or shelve him for the season. If Smith is ready, he should get his share of carries down the stretch.

  • Meanwhile, Kansas City safety Jon McGraw parlayed an excellent game Sunday while playing in relief of the injured Jarrad Page into a starting spot Wednesday. We’ll see if this change continues. But it is another interesting move by Chiefs coach Todd Haley.

  • Oakland receiver Chaz Schilens said he is ready to play Sunday against the Jets. He has missed nine weeks with a broken foot.

  • Denver quarterback Kyle Orton and linebacker Elvis Dumervil are on NFC West blogger Mike Sando’s latest MVP watch.

  • San Diego linebacker Kevin Burnett didn’t participate in practice Wednesday with an ankle injury he suffered Sunday. Defensive end Travis Johnson was out with a groin injury and receiver Buster Davis and linebacker Jyles Tucker were out with illnesses.

  • Kansas City offensive linemen Branden Albert and Brian Waters were both limited Wednesday with ankles injuries. That’s progress for Albert. He didn’t play at Washington because of the injury. But with him on the practice field, there is hope he can play against the Chargers on Sunday.

  • Denver worked out veteran punter Mitch Berger on Wednesday.