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Sunday, August 18, 2013
AFC West notes

By Bill Williamson

Kansas City Chiefs star running back Jamaal Charles practiced Sunday for the first time since strained his foot on Monday. Kansas City coach Andy Reid said he hasn’t decided if Charles will play in the preseason next weekend. I wouldn’t be surprised if Reid keeps Charles out of game action until the regular season as a precaution.

Right tackle Eric Fisher, tight end Travis Kelce and cornerback Dunta Robinson were all not practicing for the Chiefs on Sunday because of injuries.

Andre Gurode was reporteldy not working with the first-team guards in Oakland on Sunday after he struggled last week. Perhaps Oakland’s starting guard will be youngsters Tony Bergstrom and Lucas Nix. This is a young team and it makes sense to get the youngsters experience and playing time over a veteran like Gurode. He recently signed in Oakland after not playing in the NFL last year.

San Diego receiver Eddie Royal was released from the hospital Sunday. He bruised his lung in practice Saturday and is expected to have a short recovery time.

U-T San Diego reports Chargers’ receiver Danario Alexander cleared waivers and signed back with the Chargers. He was waived-injured. It was fully expected he would not be claimed since he is a free agent next year. He will miss the season with a torn ACL.