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Thursday, July 30, 2009
Evening AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

NAPA, Calif. -- Wrapping up a crazy day in the AFC West:

Darrius Heyward-Bey is one practice into his NFL career. He arrived at Oakland's camp during the afternoon practice and got some practice time after his contract was finalized.

The first pass that came his way, though, sailed through his hands. The biggest knock on Heyward-Bey has been his hands. He needs to pick it up now that he is guaranteed $23-plus million.

Oakland coach Tom Cable said the team released former starting quarterback Andrew Walter because his time in Oakland "ran its course." Don't be surprised at all if Denver considers signing the Grand Junction, Colo., native. Walter may fit new Denver coach Josh McDaniels' system.

The Broncos appear further apart with running back Knowshon Moreno than their other first rounder, defensive end/linebacker Robert Ayers. There is some hope that Ayers could be signed soon.

At Kansas City's camp, Pro Bowl guard Brian Waters showed up for training camp. He had wanted a trade. Waters did show up for the mandatory minicamp. He may still be unhappy, but it appears he will continue to play for the Chiefs.

The Chiefs are now on the clock concerning No. 3 overall draft pick Tyson Jackson. No. 2 overall pick Jason Smith signed with the Rams on Thursday. Jackson didn't not report to the Chiefs' camp on time Thursday.

Denver defensive starters --  Champ Bailey, Renaldo Hill and Marcus Thomas -- will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list. Denver signed cornerback Rashod Moulton and receiver Travis Shelton.