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Wednesday, September 1, 2010
Evening AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

I talked to ESPN medical analyst Stephania Bell about Michael Bush’s left thumb, which he broke during a preseason game against San Francisco on Saturday. Bell says Bush will likely be out anywhere from two to six weeks. That means Bush could still return in time for the season opener against Tennessee on Sept. 12.

The team has said Bush could potentially play in the game. Bell said if Bush plays in the opener, he likely won’t be at full strength by the sound of his injury.

Meanwhile, Oakland coach and current ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden is a believer in the Raiders. He likes the team’s front seven on defensive and he believes the team could make a playoff push.

The Dallas Morning News believes Kansas City could be a player for Cowboys receiver Sam Hurd. The Chiefs could use a receiver and Hurd played former Kansas City coach Todd Haley in Dallas.

It is being reported that the cardinals are shopping guard Reggie Wells. Every team in the AFC West could use some depth on the line, so it’s worth keeping an eye on.

San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman may not be ready for the season opener at Kansas City.

Here’s a pitch for former Denver running back Peyton Hillis to start for the Browns. He was part of a package sent to Cleveland for backup quarterback Brady Quinn. With the injuries at running back in Denver and Quinn’s slow start, I wonder if the Broncos’ may end up regretting this deal.