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Thursday, November 24, 2011
AFC West injury updates

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

The San Diego Chargers got some good news Thursday as linebacker Shaun Phillips practiced on a limited basis for the first time after missing several weeks with a foot injury. Perhaps that is a sign the team thinks he may be able to play Sunday against Denver.

Meanwhile, running back Ryan Mathews took a step back. He did not practice Thursday with a knee injury. He was limited Wednesday. His situation will likely be monitored until game time. Receiver Malcom Floyd (hip), offensive linemen Marcus McNeill (neck) and Louis Vasquez (ankle) were among the players who did not practice Thursday. There is a strong chance all three players will not play Sunday.

Oakland is still having health issues at the skill positions. Receiver Jacoby Ford will likely be out again with a foot injury and rookie Denarius Moore hasn’t practiced this week with a foot injury. Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey did some light work Thursday after suffering a neck injury at Minnesota. Running backs Darren McFadden and Taiwan Jones aren’t practicing either and they look like they may miss Sunday’s home game against Chicago.

Kansas City guard Ryan Lilja has not practiced this week with a head injury and he likely will not play Sunday against Pittsburgh. Chiefs’ linebacker Demorrio Williams (groin) and defensive end Glenn Dorsey (knee) were both limited Thursday after practicing fully Wednesday.

The Broncos are pretty healthy this week.