AFC West: Bryan Kehl

Darren McFadden could play Sunday

November, 28, 2012
The Oakland Raiders are on pace to get a boost Sunday against Cleveland.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports starting running back Darren McFadden is back at practice as is his backup, Mike Goodson. Both players missed the past three games with high-ankle sprains. If there is not a setback, I’d expect both players to play against the Browns. Fullback Marcel Reece has run well as the main tailback in the past two games. I’d think Oakland will keep him involved in the ground game with McFadden and Goodson

The paper reports defensive tackle Richard Seymour (knee/hamstring) is still not practicing. He has missed the past three games.

Meanwhile, Cleveland running back Trent Richardson stuck up for his former Alabama teammate, Oakland middle linebacker Rolando McClain. He has struggled often in the NFL. According to the San Francisco Chronicle, this is what Richardson had to say: "The Raiders need to get a lot more help on defense (for McClain), for him to be a successful player."

I wonder how that will go over in the Oakland defensive meeting room leading up to Sunday’s game?

In other AFC West news:

Denver quarterback Peyton Manning remains No. 1 and Denver linebacker Von Miller remains No. 10 on Mike Sando’s MVP Watch. Don’t agree with Sando’s list? That’s fair. You can make your own MVP list here.

This Insider piece examines the value of having a strong backup quarterback and it shows the Broncos are vulnerable at the spot behind Manning with rookie Brock Osweiler and veteran Caleb Hanie.

The Chiefs cut linebacker Bryan Kehl to create a roster spot that will be filled later this week. Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel provided quite the quip when asked why Kehl was cut: "He was expendable, so I expended him."

Denver defensive end Robert Ayers was excused from practice Wednesday so he could attend memorial services for his father, who died unexpectedly Saturday night.

Denver receiver Brandon Stokley was limited in practice Wednesday because of a wrist and hip injury.

Cleveland quarterback Brandon Weeden has been cleared to practice after suffering a concussion this past Sunday. The Browns visit Oakland on Sunday.

Pro Football Focus, in an Insider piece, thinks San Diego receiver Danario Alexander can be a breakout star in 2013. Not bad for a player picked up off the street during this season.
The Chiefs will miss tight end Kevin Boss, who was put on injured reserve because of a concussion he suffered in Week 2.

Boss was signed to pair in double tight end sets with Tony Moeaki. The pairing had big potential and it gave the Kansas City offense an added dimension. Losing Boss won't cripple the Kansas City offense because Moeaki is talented and there are enough receiving options, but it does diminish the unit some.

Anytime a player has to be shelved for a season because of a head injury, it is scary. Hopefully, he recovers well. Boss signed a three-year, $9 million deal with the Chiefs in March. The team officially signed linebacker Bryan Kehl to replace Boss on the 53-man roster.

In other Chiefs’ injury news:

Several Kansas City players did not practice Wednesday, including running back Peyton Hillis (ankle), receiver Devon Wylie (hamstring), defensive ends Glenn Dorsey (calf) and Ropati Pitoitua (elbow), linebacker Derrick Johnson (groin), cornerback Brandon Flowers (heel) and receiver Jon Baldwin (hamstring).

AFC West notes

October, 2, 2012
Oakland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey was back to practice Tuesday for the Raiders during a bye-week workout. He missed the Denver game after suffering a concussion against Pittsburgh -- a hit that forced him to stay overnight at a hospital. Barring a setback, Heyward-Bey should be able to play Oct. 14 at Atlanta.
  • The Broncos signed linebacker Mike Mohamed, wide receiver Bert Reed and offensive tackle Darrion Weems to the practice squad and it cut guard Adam Grant from the squad.
  • The Chargers have announced they signed cornerback Chris Carr. It was first reported Monday. No corresponding move was announced. U-T San Diego reports kicker Nate Kaeding is “week-to-week” with a groin injury. Nick Novak has taken his place.
  • The agent of linebacker Bryan Kehl tweeted his client has signed with the Chiefs. The team has not announced it. The BYU product has bounced around the league.

Denarius Moore makes good strides

September, 6, 2012
Unless there is a setback, Oakland receiver Denarius Moore should be back on the field Monday when the Raiders host San Diego.

It is significant that Moore, who has missed about a month with a hamstring injury, practiced Thursday. Not a sign that he is completely healed, but he is on his way. If the Raiders didn’t think he could play Monday night, Moore likely wouldn’t be practicing. He was limited in practice, according to the official injury update.

Thus, unless something drastically turns, No. 3 Oakland receiver Jacoby Ford may have a difficult time playing Monday. He remained out of practice Thursday with a foot injury.

Meanwhile, San Diego running back Ryan Mathews is likely not going to play Monday night as he returns from a broken clavicle. He was limited in practice Thursday, according to the official injury update. The more likely target date for Mathews is Week 2 against Tennessee.

In other AFC West news:

Oakland quarterback Carson Palmer has high praise for his running back Darren McFadden. Now, McFadden has to stay healthy for the entire season and back up his quarterback’s words.

Because of depth issues, the Chiefs worked out linebackers Bobby Carpenter and Bryan Kehl this week.

U-T San Diego has the Chargers’ 2012 captain.