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Monday, August 15, 2011
Early AFC West notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

San Diego tight end Antonio Gates practiced fully Sunday. He hasn’t been practicing much due to a nagging foot injury.

New Kansas City offensive lineman Jared Gaither has started out practicing at left tackle. If healthy, he could soon join the starting lineup and force Branden Albert to move to right tackle.

Little-known safety Kyle McCarthy is making a push in Denver.

San Diego defensive lineman Vaughn Martin realizes it’s time for him to develop.

Former Buffalo starting quarterback Trent Edwards is trying to take advantage of an opportunity in Oakland. He has a good chance to be Jason Campbell’s backup. Edwards looked solid in the Raiders’ preseason opener last week.

New Denver coach John Fox gets a thumbs up from a local columnist.

Peter King has the scoop on why Oakland kicked off to start both halves of the preseason opener against Arizona. I guess it’s the preseason for everyone.