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Thursday, November 26, 2009
Afternoon AFC West news and notes

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

Here are some AFC West Thanksgiving Day notes to chew on before the main course is served in the form of Oakland and Denver games later Thursday:

The Raiders promoted rookie linebacker Slade Norris from the practice squad. The linebacker was a fourth-round pick. He replaces linebacker Jon Alston, who was put on the injured reserve.

The Chiefs are still looking for help at running back in the post -- Larry Johnson era. They looked at former Cincinnati starter Chris Perry on Wednesday.

Denver receiver Brandon Marshall is taking on a new role in his personal life.

San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman thinks tackle Jon Runyan is a dirty player. But now that Runyan is a Charger, Merriman is fine with it.