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Monday, September 12, 2011
AFC West notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

NFL.com thinks Nick Novak is a prime candidate to replace Nate Kaeding as the Chargers’ placekicker. Kaeding was lost for the season on Sunday. The team plans to work out kickers Tuesday and then sign one. He has been with San Diego before.

Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel didn’t fare well in Sunday’s total QBR standings.

Buffalo receiver Stevie Johnson is defending his block on Kansas City star safety Eric Berry, who was lost for the season with a torn ACL in his knee on the play.

New Denver football leader John Elway plans to watch the game Monday night from Denver’s coach’s box, according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen. Also, Elway texted Mortensen – in response to Mortensen’s question of who Elway’s wife, Paige, will be rooting for – that the Mrs. has “converted from the dark side.” Paige Elway is a former Raiders’ cheerleader.

After being hard on Denver quarterback Tim Tebow this summer, ESPN analyst Merril Hoge lauds rookie linebacker Von Miller, who makes his NFL debut Monday night after being the No. 2 overall draft pick.