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Thursday, October 29, 2009
Evening AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Oakland defensive end Greg Ellis didn’t practice for the second straight day because a knee injury. Backup quarterback Bruce Gradkowski also missed his second day of practice with an illness. If JaMarcus Russell struggles again Sunday at San Diego, the team may be reluctant to pull him because of Gradkowski’s lack of practice time. Gradkowski spelled the struggling Russell last week.

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