Evening AFC West news and notes

It doesn’t appear that San Diego center Nick Hardwick will return from an ankle injury that kept him out since Week 1this week. He didn’t practice Thursday.

“I’m not sure it’s a setback,” Turner told reporters Thursday. “But it makes it hard for him to be a part this Sunday.”

  • Linebacker Shawne Merriman didn’t practice with a foot injury. Merriman has missed several practices this season, but he not missed much playing time.

  • As expected, San Diego running back LaDainian Tomlinson (hip) and tight end Antonio Gates (foot) practice Thursday after not practicing Wednesday. Linebacker Shaun Phillips missed practice for the second straight day with an ankle injury.

  • Don’t expect Larry Johnson to sign with a new team this weekend.

  • The Raiders are facing their fourth straight local television blackout.

  • Denver receiver Brandon Marshall practiced fully Thursday after missing Wednesday with a back injury.

  • Kansas City receiver Chris Chambers practiced fully Thursday after being limited Wednesday with a foot injury.

  • Entertainer Ice Cube talks about his ESPN documentary on the Los Angeles Raiders and his love for the team.