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Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Evening AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson

Posted by's Bill Williamson

ENGLEWOOD, Colo. -- Wrapping up a Tuesday night in the AFC West:

Dwayne Bowe is not talking about his demotion to third string in Kansas City.

The Chargers are practicing the Wildcat again. They worked on it some in the offseason. I could see the team using it once or twice during the regular season.

There is a report the Raiders made contact with linebacker Derrick Brooks. The Saints are also looking at Brooks. Brooks would be an interesting fit in Oakland. He'd likely be a role player, but he'd give great leadership.

The rookie haircut onslaught continued in the afternoon in Denver. Earlier in the day, three rookies were given terrible cuts by the veterans. After the second practice, several more rookies had their hairdos assaulted.

The Broncos are pleased with the play of linebacker Tim Crowder. He was a defensive end but has been moved to linebacker in the 3-4 scheme. He was solid as a rookie but he slumped last year. If Crowder can put it together, he could get extensive playing time.

Here's another change from the Mike Shanahan era: New coach Josh McDaniels has his veterans stays in a Denver area hotel during training camp. Under Shanahan, only rookies were housed in hotels.