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Friday, December 28, 2012
AFC West injury report

By Bill Williamson

Denver guard Chris Kuper is listed as questionable to play against Kansas City on Sunday. He has missed the past three games with an ankle injury. Denver coach John Fox said, even if Kuper doesn’t play Sunday, he is hopeful for Kuper's return in the playoffs.

Punt returner Trindon Holliday (ankle) is doubtful and cornerback Tracy Porter (concussion) is out.

For Kansas City, defensive end Tyson Jackson (toe) is doubtful. Kansas City has several players listed as questionable, including linebacker Tamba Hali (illness), tight end Tony Moeaki (head) and tackle Branden Albert (back).

For Oakland, guard Mike Brisiel (ankle) and safety Tyvon Branch (ankle, neck) are questionable. For San Diego , linebacker Donald Butler (groin) is doubtful and running back Ronnie Brown (hamstring) is questionable.

In other AFC West news:

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning and linebacker Von Miller and San Diego safety Eric Weddle all made John Clayton’s All-Pro team. It’s another indication that the fact that Weddle was a fifth alternate to the Pro Bowl is an utter shame.

There is some solace for Weddle. His teammates named him the team MVP. I think that’s a good call.

For what it’s worth, New England fans seem quite pleased with how the 2009 Richard Seymour trade to Oakland has gone for the Patriots.

Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was fined $10,000 by the NFL for kicking Oakland’s Tommy Kelly in the Panthers’ win Sunday. Newton was fined an additional $21,000 for contact with an official during the game. Also, defensive end Greg Hardy was fined $25,000 for his hit on Raiders QB Carson Palmer. It knocked Palmer out for the season with rib and lung injuries.

The Raiders promoted defensive lineman Brandon Bair and defensive back Cory Nelms from the practice squad to the 53-man roster. Cornerback Phillip Adams was put on injured reserve. Seymour went on the injured reserve Thursday.

Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel, who had his knee drained on Thursday, said he expects to coach Sunday in Denver from the sideline as opposed to the press box.  Crennel said he felt much improved Friday.