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Thursday, November 26, 2009
Pregame notes from Denver

By Bill Williamson
ESPN.com

DENVER -- Denver right tackle Ryan Harris will miss his fourth straight game with a toe injury.

Denver rookie linebacker Robert Ayers is active after being a surprise healthy scratch Sunday.

It is a beautiful, clear night in Denver with the temperature expected to be around 50 degrees.

Josh McDaniels’ pregame jawing with San Diego linebackers has garnered a lot of attention. The one thing that stands out to me in this story is the reaction from Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher. He indicated that McDaniels may have trouble attracting players in free agency because of his antics.

I respect Fisher as much as any coach in the league, but he’s off the mark on this one. First, players are going to go where the money is and I don’t think many players would mind playing for a coach who sticks up for them.

In other AFC West news, the Chargers received a 24-hour extension to avoid a television blackout for their home game against Kansas City on Sunday. If the team doesn’t sell 3,500 tickets by Friday afternoon, the game will not be shown on local television in San Diego.

San Diego defensive lineman Luis Castillo (calf) and linebacker Shawne Merriman (foot) both didn’t practice Thursday.