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Saturday, October 17, 2009
AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

To help their battered offensive line, the Chiefs signed tackle Barry Richardson off their practice squad. Richardson was a Kansas City draft pick in 2008. The team cut linebacker Justin Rogers to make room for Richardson. Rogers was signed earlier this week.

The team needed Richardson because left tackle Branden Albert did not make the trip to Washington for Sunday’s game. Albert didn’t practice all week with an ankle injury.

Here’s a report that does not put much stock into Baltimore pursuing Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe for draft picks. The trade deadline is Tuesday.

San Diego linebacker Stephen Cooper is listed as questionable to play Monday night against Denver. He practiced on a limited basis Saturday with a knee injury. Meanwhile, San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman expects to be much more effective against the Broncos than he has been earlier this season. Merriman is still recovering from a knee surgery he had 13 months ago.

Oakland coach Tom Cable said the Raiders are looking into possible trade opportunities for receiver Javon Walker, who said he wouldn’t be adverse to a deal. It’s highly unlikely the Raiders would get anything of substance in return for Walker, who has been injury prone and who has played just four snaps this season.