Thursday, October 14, 2010
Evening AFC West notes
By Bill Williamson
It continues to look like Bruce Gradkowski will not play and Jason Campbell will get the start for Oakland at San Francisco. Gradkowski has missed the past two days with a shoulder injury that knocked him out of Sunday’s game at San Diego.
Campbell, who lost his starting quarterback job to Gradkowski after six ineffective quarters earlier this season, helped lead Oakland to the win over the Chargers. Oakland coach Tom Cable said Gradkowski won’t play if he doesn’t practice Friday. Also, running back Darren McFadden is questionable. He missed the San Diego game with a hamstring injury. The recovery time for Oakland receiver Chaz Schilens was supposed to be 3-6 weeks. It’s been seven weeks with no clear timetable for Schilens to hit the field.
- After missing Wednesday’s practice with a nagging ankle injury, San Diego rookie running back Ryan Mathews practiced fully Thursday. He is expected to play Sunday at St. Louis barring a setback.
- San Diego receiver Legedu Naanee missed his second practice with a hamstring injury. However, receiver Buster Davis did practice fully after missing Wednesday with a ribs injury. Davis will likely start for Naanee if he can’t play
- In Denver, starting running back Knowshon Moreno was limited in practice with hamstring that has kept him out of the past three games and practice on Wednesday.
- Denver cornerback Champ Bailey is always honest in his assessment. Thursday, he was asked by reporters in Denver about the resurgence former San Diego star running back LaDainian Tomlinson is enjoying in his first season with the Jets, who Denver hosts Sunday. This is what Bailey had to say:“I don’t think he really looks any different from when he was in San Diego. I think the difference is that his offensive line is just better. He’s playing behind probably the best offensive line in the game right now and that’s what makes you look good, really. Don’t get me wrong, he runs the ball just as well as anybody — or even better — but when you have a line like that it makes you look even better."To the defense of San Diego’s line, the run game is much better without Tomlinson. It was ranked 31st in the NFL last year and is now ranked No.12 on the ground.