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Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Bush named offensive player of the week

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The NFL has honored Oakland Raiders running back Michael Bush as the AFC offensive player of the week for his performance in a 24-17 Oakland win at San Diego Thursday.

Bush had 157 yards on 30 carries in the win. He had 78 yards in the first quarter.

Bush’s big game showed how dangerous Oakland’s running game can be. He is the backup to Darren McFadden, who has been out since Week 7 with a foot injury.

It is not known if McFadden can play Sunday at Minnesota, but he is expected to be back fairly soon.

In other AFC West news:

The Chiefs signed linebacker Caleb Campbell to the practice squad. He replaced linebacker Justin Cole, who was signed off the Chiefs’ practice squad to St. Louis’ 53-man roster.

Campbell is famous for missing the 2008-09 season to complete his two-year active duty service in the Army. He was drafted in the seventh round by Detroit and played in three games with the Lions last season. He attended training camp with the Lions this year.

Denver running back Willis McGahee was limited in a practice Tuesday by a hamstring injury he suffered Sunday at Kansas City. The Broncos are hopeful will be will be able to play Thursday against the visiting New York Jets.

When he was a Charger, New York running back LaDainian Tomlinson feasted on the Broncos. He is not expected to get that chance Thursday. He is expected to be out after injuring his knee Sunday.

The Broncos have had the third toughest schedule in the NFL this season. Their opponents have a combined winning percentage of .568. Meanwhile, Kansas City has had the easiest schedule so far. The Chiefs' opponents have a combined winning percentage of .390. Both Denver and Kansas City is 4-5. By the way, the Chiefs’ schedule gets much harder the rest of the season.