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Wednesday, November 4, 2009
Evening AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

• San Diego center Nick Hardwick worked with the first team some Wednesday. He had been out since Week 1 and he was supposed to be out until December. San Diego coach Norv Turner, talking to reporters Wednesday, made it seem like Hardwick is a long shot to play at New York on Sunday. Perhaps Hardwick will have a better chance of playing Nov. 15 at home against Philadelphia.

“He took a couple snaps with our offensive group. He did mostly the opponent stuff,” Turner said. “You get into this situation where they’re starting to get close. There’s a possibility, but we’ll see where he’s at tomorrow in terms of if he has any setbacks. I think it would be hard for him to play this week but he might be able to be there in an emergency situation and be available.”

• Linebacker Kevin Burnett (ankle) and Tim Dobbins (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Dobbins was hurt while replacing Burnett. The team hopes Burnett, who missed the past two games, could start Sunday.

• Oakland coach Tom Cable talked to owner Al Davis about physical abuse allegations made against him. Cable expects to remain the team’s coach. The fact that Cable was with the team Wednesday is a good sign for him as the team heads to the bye.

• Center Samson Satele will remain Oakland’s center when the unit is back at full strength after the bye. Satele was acquired from Miami to be the starter but he initially didn’t take control of the position.

• Chiefs coach Todd Haley discusses new receiver Chris Chambers. Center Rudy Niswanger was limited in practice with a knee injury.