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Sunday, December 14, 2008
AFC West notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Here are some random AFC West notes from the Panthers' press box:

The Broncos are less than a half from clinching the AFC West championship. Kansas City has taken a 21-10 lead over the beleaguered Chargers. If San Diego goes on to lose, Denver clinches the division. The Chargers would be 5-9. Denver is 8-5.

The Chiefs-Chargers game was being played on the big screen in Carolina in the first half.

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is having a bad day. He is not sharp and he had to be restrained from getting to the officials after a lost fumble. Guard Kris Dielman was ejected after throwing a punch at Chiefs' defensive end Tamba Hali on the play.

Broncos' receiver Brandon Stokley and Jake Delhomme are facing each other for the first time in their NFL careers. They were a pass-catch tandem at Southwestern Louisiana.

San Diego center Nick Hardwick was taken off on a cart with a knee injury that appeared to be potentially serious.

Denver star left cornerback Champ Bailey is inactive and will miss his seventh straight missed game against Carolina. He has a torn groin. Undrafted rookie Josh Bell will continue to spell him.

Weakside linebacker D.J. Williams is back for Denver after missing the past five games with a knee injury.

Denver safety Marlon McCree is out with a lingering ankle injury. He is being replaced by Vernon Fox.

Denver No. 3 receiver Brandon Stokley is playing after injuring his foot last week.

Denver fullback/linebacker Spencer Larsen is out with a groin injury.

Oakland's defensive line has one sack in the past 13 quarters,

Denver and Tennessee both have a chance to be lead their division after every game this season. The teams to do it the 2007 New England Patriots, the 2004 Atlanta Falcons, the 1985 Los Angeles Rams.

There is a rumor circulating around the league that St. Louis interim coach Jim Haslett could get interest from Oakland. Raiders' owner Al Davis likes Haslett and has talked to him about a job in the past. A potential obstacle is that the last 11 coaches Davis has hired all have offensive backgrounds. Haslett is a defensive coach.

San Diego defensive coordinator Ron Rivera's name has popped up for some potential jobs around the league,

There are many, many empty seats at Arrowhead Stadium Sunday.

Denver running back Cory Boyd is inactive. Denver's running backs Sunday will be Tatum Bell, Selvin Young and P.J. Pope.

Pope