Evening AFC West news and notes


Denver quarterback Kyle Orton did not practice at all Wednesday because of an ankle injury. Orton is hopeful he can play against San Diego in a game for first place in the AFC West. Receiver Brandon Marshall didn’t practice because of a neck injury.

Also is the AFC West:

  • Several San Diego players didn’t practice Wednesday. The missing players included tight end Antonio Gates (foot), center Nick Hardwick (ankle), linebacker Shawne Merriman (foot ) and linebacker Shaun Phillips (ankle).

  • San Diego put linebacker Jyles Tucker on injured reserve Wednesday. The backup linebacker had four tackles this year. Offensive tackle Corey Clark was promoted from the practice squad.

  • Kansas City linebacker Mike Vrabel didn’t practice Wednesday because of a knee injury.

  • The Chargers have 7,300 tickets remaining for their next home game, Nov. 29 against Kansas City. If not enough tickets are sold, the game will be blacked out locally. The deadline is next week.

  • Any thoughts of the Raiders moving to Los Angeles next season have been dashed.

  • Darrius Heyward-Bey will remain in Oakland’s starting lineup despite his issues with dropped passes.

  • The Wildcat has not been a major part of any AFC West team’s offense this season.