AFC West roundup

October, 14, 2008
10/14/08
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Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Early-morning AFC West thoughts:

CHIEFS
If Tony Gonzalez is going to be traded before Tuesday's trade deadline, the Chiefs better get to work. According to those in the know, the team that Gonzalez most wants to go to is the New York Giants. However, as of Monday night, the Giants were not showing enough interest to think a deal was close. But who know what will happen later in the day.

The Chiefs are acting as if Gonzalez will be with the team Sunday when they host Tennessee. Gonzalez will be honored at his first home game since becoming the all-time receiving yards leader for tight ends.

BRONCOS
Michael Pittman will be the Broncos' short-term answer at tailback in light of his 109-yard rushing performance Sunday in a loss at Jacksonville. Pittman has given Denver a tough presence. Still, watch for Denver to give rookie Ryan Torain a chance to be a primary rusher when he returns, likely sometime next month.

The team was hoping Torain would be ready to play New England but he will need a few more weeks before he is ready. He broke his elbow in early August.

RAIDERS
In Oakland, Derrick Burgess is coming along; Tom Cable dismissed the notion of his team dealing any running backs and Cable hinted of a shakeup at receiver.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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