AFC West: Dallas Texans

Evening AFC West news and notes

October, 8, 2009

Posted by’s Bill Williamson

Denver running back Correll Buckhalter didn’t practice for the second straight day. He looks to be a long shot to play Sunday against New England.

Buckhalter has a high-ankle sprain and could miss one to two games. He would be replaced by rookie Knowshon Moreno. Safety Brian Dawkins didn’t practice because of knee and shoulder issues for the second straight day. But it is believed he has a better chance of playing than Buckhalter does.

Also in the AFC West:
  • Oakland tight end Zach Miller practiced Thursday and he is expected to play Sunday at the New York Giants.
  • Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell denies he was fined, but was coy about whether he missed a meeting. Missing a meeting is worse than getting fined, Mr. Russell.
  • There will be AFL 50th anniversary celebrations in Kansas City and Denver. The Chiefs host Dallas. The Chiefs will wear their old Dallas Texans uniforms. The Broncos and Patriots will also wear throwback uniforms.
  • Denver coach Josh McDaniels is not worried about the threat of snow for Sunday’s game.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

RIVER FALLS, Wis. --- The tornado warning is off. To celebrate, here are some notes from the Chiefs' early practice:

Kansas City coach Todd Haley still isn't overly concerned about potentially facing Brett Favre in Friday night's preseason game against Minnesota. Haley said the only difference may be the noise level in Metrodome. If Favre plays, this isn't going to be your average preseason game. At least not for a series or so.

Veteran linebacker Zach Thomas continues to be out of practice because an injury. Haley is happy with the progress being made with linebacker Corey Mays.

Haley was sporting a Dallas Texans hat. That, of course, was the original name of the Chiefs and the team will honor the Texans this year as part of the 50th anniversary of the AFL.

Long snapper Thomas Gafford was working at tight end. Haley said he also may work some at fullback. If Gafford can capably play those spots, it could save the Chiefs at another position when the final 53-man roster is compiled.