Evening AFC West news and notes

It’s no surprise the Chargers plan to use backup quarterback Bill Volek on Sunday against Washington. The Chargers have the No. 2 seed in the playoffs wrapped up. Philip Rivers will start but expect Volek to get extensive time.

That’s the right call. Rivers needs to be healthy for the playoffs. Volek is one of the best backups in the league, so he won’t hurt the Chargers’ chances of winning their 11th straight game.

  • Denver receiver Eddie Royal is questionable to play against Kansas City. He was limited in practice the past two games with neck and head injuries. He didn’t play against Philadelphia. Royal may be needed against the Chiefs with Pro Bowl receiver Brandon Marshall deactivated Sunday.

  • Denver tight end Daniel Graham is questionable with a knee injury. He was limited the past two days. Tight end Tony Scheffler is expected to be deactivated Sunday because of attitude issues, so Graham may be needed.

  • Kansas City cornerback Brandon Flowers practiced fully Friday with a shoulder injury. He is listed as probable.

  • The Chiefs have gotten production at defensive end, just not from the players they paid to produce.