AFC West: Darren Bennett

Schefter: Joe Mays could face ban

September, 24, 2012
Catching up from a tricky travel day.

There is a chance the Denver Broncos could be without starting middle linebacker Joe Mays for a game.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the NFL is considering suspending Mays for his violent hit on Houston quarterback Matt Schaub on Sunday. Schaub’s helmet popped off, he fell to the ground and grabbed his head. He later said he lost a piece of his ear on the play. Schefter reports that Mays will at least be fined.

San Diego coach Norv Turner said the Chargers may limit Ryan Mathews' carries in certain areas because of his fumble problems. He lost a fumble near the goal line Sunday in his season debut.

Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said the team will know more in the coming days about a few key players who were injured in the Chiefs’ overtime win at New Orleans. Receiver Dexter McCluster (elbow), running back Peyton Hillis (ankle) and center Rodney Hudson (knee) were all hurt. It seems like Hillis may have the best chance to play, but it is very early in the process.

Great news that Oakland receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is expected to fully recover from a violent hit he suffered Sunday in the Raiders’ win over the Steelers. Heyward-Bey spent the night in an area hospital, was discharged Monday.

The NFL confirmed Denver coach John Fox was fined $30,000 and defensive coordinator Jack Del Rio was fined $25,000 for their actions against the officials last Monday night at Atlanta. Like I said in a post Sunday, the NFL needed to make some examples and Fox and Del Rio will serve that role for other coaches as the replacement officials continue to work.

The Chargers signed lineman Reggie Wells and cut cornerback Greg Gatson. The past two Saturdays, Gatson has been signed and Wells has been cut because of a need at cornerback.

For the first time, San Diego fans voted a player into the team’s hall of fame. The fans voted wildly popular punter Darren Bennett into the hall of fame.


AFC West links: Tom Flores sounds off

July, 17, 2012
Denver Broncos

Police say the arrest of defensive end Elvis Dumervil was preceded by a road-rage incident.

Dumervil's arrest, writes the Denver Post's Mike Klis, is the latest stain on the Broncos' image.

Kansas City Chiefs

Could not agreeing to a long-term deal with Dwayne Bowe prove costly for the Chiefs?

The Chiefs are No. 28 on Forbes' list of the world's most valuable sports teams.

Oakland Raiders

Tom Flores touched on several topics in a recent interview, including the AFC West race and the Raiders' place in the division. Flores: "The Raiders have a very young team. Very fast but very young, and they need to grow up. ... Last year, there were about two or three games they dominated for three quarters and then lose it in the fourth and that kept them out of the playoffs."

San Diego Chargers

Nick Canepa of U-T San Diego: "The Chargers for the first time have decided to allow their fans to choose a member of their Hall of Fame, the patrons being asked to go to the Bolts’ website and by Sept. 17 select between punter Darren Bennett, tailback Natrone Means and receiver Anthony Miller."

Fan access to the Chargers-Cowboys joint practices next month will be limited.