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Thursday, September 29, 2011
Early AFC West notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Chiefs’ first-round pick Jonathan Baldwin doesn’t think he will be “behind the eight ball” when he finally gets on an NFL field. He hasn’t practiced fully in the six weeks since he suffered a thumb injury in a reported fight with teammate Thomas Jones. Baldwin has worked on a limited basis during the team’s past four practices.

San Diego rookie cornerback Marcus Gilchrist is ready to play Sunday with Quentin Jammer perhaps out with a hamstring injury.

It’s been a long time since Tom Brady has played a game in his native Bay Area. It didn’t go well. He’ll get another a chance Sunday against Oakland.

Raiders’ running back Darren McFadden’s talks about the excitement in Oakland in a radio interview.

Here’s a look at why Andrew Luck is worth going through the pain of being the worst team in the NFL this season.