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Sunday, October 4, 2009
Early AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com


Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


DENVER -- I’m just getting settled in the press box at Invesco Field at Mile High and wanted to catch up on some AFC West notes as I prepare for the Broncos-Cowboys game. By the way, it looks like there will be a large group of Dallas fans here.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen has an interesting story on linebacker Zach Thomas filing a grievance against Kansas City over his salary.

This is a rough ending to the short Thomas-Kansas City relationship. He was signed on Easter weekend to be a leader and help the Chiefs transition into a winner. A nasty divorce wasn’t the plan. This grievance could hurt the Chiefs in the eyes of players around the league. If a player as respected as Thomas had a problem with Kansas City, potential free agents could look at that as a deterrent to signing there down the road.

Fox Sports reported that the NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Oakland coach Tom Cable could still face a suspension based on information from the Napa, Calif., police investigation. Oakland defensive assistant Randy Hanson has reportedly told police that Cable assaulted him and he suffered a broken jaw in the incident during training camp. Cable could face felony charges.

If the case proceeds, Cable could face a lengthy suspension.

Oakland receiver Javon Walker is a healthy scratch again for the Raiders. It’s starting to look like he’ll never make an impact for Oakland.