Tuesday, September 23, 2008
AFC West news and notes
By Bill Williamson
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson
- Lane Kiffin remains the coach in Oakland. At this point, he should be with the Raiders through Sunday's home against San Diego. Then, with Oakland's bye week looming, this whole silly watch should continue. It will be interesting to see how the Oakland crowd reacts Sunday.
- The chances of Denver standout center Tom Nalen having had played his last down are significant, but the word is Nalen will wait several months before deciding if he wants to play again. Nalen, 37, was put on injured reserve Tuesday after his second knee surgery of the summer took longer than expected to heal. Nalen, a seventh-round pick in 1994 who is sure to get some Hall of Fame consideration, missed the final 11 games of last season with an arm injury. Nalen, the last remaining member of Denver's Super Bowl teams, is a free agent after the season. The Broncos are pleased with the play of his replacement, Casey Wiegmann.
- The demise of safety Hamza Abdullah in Denver is surprising. He went to camp as a starter after finishing last season as a starter. But he fell out of favor after he returned from a minor injury this summer. Abdullah was actually getting some looks as a restricted free agent this winter. It wouldn't be a surprise if he is picked up soon.
- Oakland defensive tackle Gerard Warren has a slightly torn pectoral muscle. He will likely miss Sunday's game but could be back Oct. 12 at New Orleans. Oakland guard Cooper Carlisle has an ankle sprain and could be a game-time decision Sunday.
- The Broncos and Chargers have each had five offensive plays of 30 yards or more.
- The Chiefs are tied with Detroit for the worst sack differential in the league. Kansas City has two sacks, but has given up 11.