AFC West: Cletis Gordon

Evening AFC West news and notes

August, 28, 2009
Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Denver Post reports that rookie tailback Knowshon Moreno may not be completely ready to go in time to play in the season opener at Cincinnati on Sept. 13. Moreno suffered a knee injury in the preseason opener. If he is not ready for the opener, Moreno isn't expected to miss too much more time.

It's looking more and more like LaDainian Tomlinson's playing time in the preseason is over. He did play in two preseason games for the first time in his career this year. Tomlinson will be ready to go when San Diego opens the regular season Sept. 14 at Oakland.

The Brandon Marshall saga in Denver took another turn when he didn't practice Thursday. Denver coach Josh McDaniels was vague about the reason why the starting receiver was out, only indicating that Marshall wasn't ready. I'm getting the feeling this situation is going to result in some type of team suspension for Marshall. It just doesn't seem to be getting better.

Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell looked strong as the Raiders' completed their training camp.

The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting cornerback Cletis Gordon has signed with Houston. He was a surprise cut by the Chargers this week.

AFC West news and notes

August, 27, 2009
Posted by's Bill Williamson

Jay Cutler said all the right things about his former coach (for a few weeks, anyway) Josh McDaniels and his former city, Denver. Cutler and the Chicago Bears visit Denver on Sunday in a preseason game.

Cutler has had trouble saying the right things this year concerning Denver. Now he finally gets it. I think he just wants get this preseason game over with and move on. Not stirring the pot this week is a way of helping make the trip as smooth as possible.

Here is a report that says Jacksonville is offering Kansas City a fifth-rounder for No. 3 quarterback Tyler Thigpen. The Chiefs may not do better than that. They might want to consider that deal.

San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman practiced Wednesday after taking two practices off Tuesday to rest his sore knees.

Oakland cut fullback Lorenzo Neal from the injured reserve after coming to an injury settlement. Oakland began the process to part ways with Neal last week.

The Raiders cut receiver Sami Parker and signed defensive backs Michael Hawkins.

Denver cut running back Marcus Thigpen.

Cornerback Cletis Gordon, cut by the Chargers this week, went through waivers unclaimed. He is free to sign with any team.

Late AFC West news and notes

August, 24, 2009
Posted by's Bill Williamson

Wrapping a busy Monday in the AFC West on a day that Philip Rivers got paid and got paid big:

The Chargers cut cornerback Cletis Gordon. It is bit of a surprise. Gordon was given a second-round tender price this year. But the Chargers feel they are set at cornerback and the fleet Gordon wasn't progressing as well as the team hoped. It would not be a shock if Gordon were claimed via waiver.

Denver claimed defensive back Antwain Spann off waivers from Buffalo. He played for New England the past three years where new Denver coach Josh McDaniels was an assistant coach. Denver cut undrafted rookie receiver Travis Shelton.

The Raiders brought back linebacker Napoleon Harris and cut cornerback Ricky Manning Jr. Harris was brought in to help with Kirk Morrison out with an elbow injury. Morrison is expected back for the start of the regular season, so Harris may have trouble making time.

San Diego rookie Larry English is headed back on the practice field and he is expected to make his preseason debut this weekend.

It's being reported that Vince Redd was suspended by the NFL for four games. He was cut by the Chiefs on Monday.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Forget the talk about Antonio Cromartie being on his way out in San Diego.

San Diego general manager A.J. Smith told ESPN's John Clayton that the team is not interested in trading the cornerback. It was reported Monday that Cromartie could be on the market if the team signed cornerback Drayton Florence.

Smith said Cromartie will not be traded regardless of any move the team may or may not make. Cromartie had 10 interceptions in 2007 but his production slipped badly in 2008.

If the Chargers sign Florence, they will be stacked at cornerback. The team also has Quentin Jammer, Antoine Cason and Cletis Gordon. Jammer had a solid season in 2008, Cason is a promising 2008 first-round pick and Gordon was just given a second-round tender as a restricted free agent. Add Cromartie and Florence to the mix and the Chargers could potentially have the deepest group of cornerbacks in the NFL.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

San Diego Chargers

Key unrestricted free agents: Running back/returner Darren Sproles, guard Mike Goff and defensive lineman Igor Oklshanky. Sproles will likely be the team's top target. While he is too small to be a primary tailback, the Chargers need to keep him because he is so versatile.

Key restricted free agents: Receiver Malcolm Floyd and cornerback Cletis Gordon. The team likes both players and may try to keep them both.

Dream free agent match: Baltimore linebacker Bart Scott. He is an underrated player who could fit in well with the Chargers who could use another playmaker.

Colts-Chargers inactives

November, 23, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- Here are the inactives for tonight's game:

San Diego Chargers

QB Charlie Whitehurst (third quarterback)
CB Cletis Gordon
RB Michael Bennett
G Kynan Forney
T Corey Clark
TE Kris Wilson
DE Luis Castillo
DT Ian Scott

Indianapolis Colts

SS Bob Sanders
DB Brandon Foster
LB Buster Davis
C Steve Justice
TE James Petrowski
WR Roy Hall
DT Daniel Muir
DE Curtis Johnson

AFC West injury report

November, 14, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Here's a Friday injured report in the AFC West:


Star cornerback Champ Bailey practiced for the second straight day on a limited basis Friday. He will be a game-time decision Sunday in Atlanta. Bailey is listed as questionable.

Bailey has been out since Oct. 20 when he suffered a serious groin injury at New England. Because Bailey practiced the last two days, it wouldn't be shocking if he plays against Atlanta.

Running back Selvin Young has not practiced all week and is listed as doubtful on the injury report. He is not expected to play.

Kansas City

Four defensive starters will not play Sunday against New Orleans. Linebackers Derrick Johnson and Pat Thomas are out as cornerback Brandon Flowers and defensive end Tamba Hali. Kansas City played versus San Diego without these players for much of the game and it will have to do the same against the Saints.


The Raiders are expected to have quarterback JaMarcus Russell and running back Darren McFadden back Sunday in Miami. Russell missed last week's game with a knee problem and McFadden has missed the last three games with a turf toe njury. The team is hopeful both skill players will be healthy enough to contribute. Meanwhile, Derrick Burgess expected to miss his sixth straight game with a triceps injury.

San Diego

The Chargers are fairly healthy. Only cornerback Cletis Gordon (knee) and backup receiver Buster Davis (groin) are out. Starting quarterback Antonio Cromartie, who played but didn't start because of a hip injury last week, is off the injury report. Gordon started for him last week.

AFC West injury update

November, 12, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Here is an AFC West injury update where Oakland is hopeful quarterback JaMarcus Russell will be back on the field Sunday:

Denver: There weren't many surprises for Denver, which has 11 players on injured reserve -- the second-highest total in the NFL. The only fairly interesting tidbit is star left cornerback Champ Bailey wasn't listed as "out" for the game as were fellow starters Marlon McCree, Nate Webster and D.J. Williams. Bailey was listed as "did not participate." That does not close the door on him playing for the first time since Oct. 20 when he suffered a groin injury.

At this point, it would be a surprise if Bailey played Sunday at Atlanta. More than likely, undrafted rookie Josh Bell and Karl Paymah will vie for playing time at left cornerback. Running back Selvin Young didn't practice with a groin injury that has been bothering him for nearly six weeks. He is likely a long shot to play at Atlanta.

Oakland: Raiders coach Tom Cable is hopeful Russell, running back Darren McFadden and defensive end Derrick Burgess can play Sunday at Miami.

Russell didn't play against Carolina because of tendonitis in his knee. McFadden has been out for the past three games with turf toe injuries on both feet, and Burgess has missed the past five games with a triceps injury. The return of these three players would help Oakland try to break its three-game losing streak. Receiver Javon Walker is doubtful with an ankle injury and Ashley Lelie is set to start for him.

San Diego: Cornerback Cletis Gordon didn't practice with a knee injury and he'll likely be out 2-3 weeks. Gordon started against Kansas City for Antonio Cromartie who played despite having a hip injury. Cromartie wasn't on the participation report Wednesday and he is expected to start at Pittsburgh. Rookie Antoine Cason will continue to play in the nickel. However, the Chargers didn't use the nickel defense much against Kansas City.

AFC West news and notes

November, 9, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO - Let's wrap up Sunday in the AFC West:

*  Chargers running back LaDainian Tomlinson said he is completely healed from a turf toe injury he suffered in Week 1.  Tomlinson had 78 yards on 22 carries Sunday. He wasn't much of a factor, sans a 17-yard rush.

*  I don't get the feeling that the Broncos or the Chargers will run away from one another in the final seven weeks. The AFC West could be decided in San Diego in Week 17 when the Broncos visit.

*  It will be interesting to see how much cornerback Cletis Gordon plays down the road for San Diego. He replaced Antonio Cromartie, who is dealing with a hip injury, in the game. But Cromartie, who has struggled some this season, did play some.

*  Don't count out tight ends Tony Gonzalez and Antonio Gates. The old vets both had terrific games as they led their respective teams in receiving. Gonzalez had 10 catches for 113 yards and two touchdowns and Gates had eight catches for 66 yards and a touchdown.

*  It will be interesting to see if San Diego's home game against Indianapolis on Nov. 23 stays the night game. Games can now be adjusted. After both the Chargers and the Colts both had thrilling wins, the game could benefit for a prime-time audience. An announcement could be made as soon as Monday.

Congratulations to Oakland kicker Sebastian Janikowski. He became Oakland's all-time leading scorer Sunday with two field goals in the Raiders' 17-6 loss to Carolina. Janikowski, a former first-round pick, surpassed legend George Blanda in team scoring lore.

Pregame notes from San Diego

November, 9, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- Here are some pre-game notes from the Chiefs-Chargers game:

It is 63 degrees, cloudy and very windy in San Diego. Kicking and punting could be an issue.

The Chiefs are playing without three defensive starters because of injuries. Defensive end Turk McBride, outside linebacker Derrick Johnson and cornerback Brandon Flowers are all inactive.

Alfonso Boone will start for McBride, Rocky Boiman for start for Johnson and Maurice Leggett will play for Flowers.

San Diego's Cletis Gordon will start in place of Antonio Cromartie at cornerback. Cromartie, who has not played well this season, has been dealing with a hip injury and is active. If Gordon plays well in the first game under new defensive coordinator Ron Rivera, perhaps he will play more.

Receiver Malcolm Floyd will start for Chris Chambers, who is dealing with a nagging ankle injury. Chambers is active.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Wide receiver Chris Chambers was listed as questionable on the Chargers' injury report Friday. Chambers practiced on a limited basis all week in preparation for San Diego's game against New Orleans on Sunday in London.

He missed the previous two games with an ankle injury. He was listed as doubtful on the injury report the past two weeks. While Chambers has a chance to play, backup receiver Buster Davis will not. He was listed as out on the injury report. He missed the Buffalo game last Sunday with a groin injury and he didn't practice all week.

Standout cornerback Antonio Cromartie is listed as questionable as well due to a nagging hip injury. He didn't practice Thursday or Friday. Cletis Gordon would likely start in Cromartie's place if he couldn't play and first-round pick Antoine Cason would continue his role as the nickelback. Linebacker Jyles Tucker was limited all week with a hamstring injury and is listed as questionable.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson is listed as probable after he practiced fully Thursday and Friday. He said Thursday that his turf toe injury is close to 100 percent healed.