AFC West: Garrett Brown

Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said standout cornerback Brandon Flowers is consulting physicians because his bruised foot injury is lingering. Flowers hasn't practiced since July 31. Initially, Crennel said he didn’t think the injury was serious.

Crennel said despite the fact that the injury is taking time to heal, it doesn’t “necessarily” mean the injury is worse than expected.

“He’s still working to try to get better,” Crennel said. “I saw him this morning, and he’s doing all that he can. We’re sending him to the doctors and we’re trying different things to try and get it better. He’s getting better slowly, not fast enough, but all we can do is kind of hang on and see what happens … It’s just one of those things that they haven’t been able to pin point exactly why he’s not getting better as fast as we want him to get better.”

In other AFC West news:
  • The Chiefs break training camp in St. Joseph, Mo. on Thursday afternoon.
  • Oakland signed the nephew of former Seattle linebacker Brian Bosworth, Korey Bosworth. The UCLA product was with the Broncos in camp two years ago. He has an uphill battle to make the team. There is some irony here, of course. The bombastic Bosworth is most remembered for being run over by former Raiders’ running back Bo Jackson in a game 25 years ago.
  • The Broncos set a new team record for training camp attendance. The team said 84,380 people attended camp practices this year. It nearly doubled the previous total set last year. It’s another sign that Manning-mania is actually bigger than Tebow-mania in Denver.
  • ESPN’s Josina Anderson reports former Denver defensive tackle Marcus Thomas is signing with the Giants.
  • His teammates are raving about San Diego first-round pick, pass-rusher Melvin Ingram. They should be. Ingram was stunning in the preseason opener last week.
  • The NFL suspended San Diego defensive lineman Garrett Brown for four games for violating the NFL policy on performance enhancing substances. He was a long shot to make the 53-man roster.
  • Oakland coach Dennis Allen has excused starting safety Michael Huff from Friday’s preseason game at Arizona so he can attend to the birth of his first child.

Evening AFC West news and notes

September, 7, 2010
T.J. Houshmandzadeh credited Oakland offensive coordinator Hue Jackson for him signing with Baltimore. Houshmandzadeh, who played for Jackson in Cincinnati, said Jackson has raved about Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco. He became a free agent when Seattle cut him this weekend. The bummer for Jackson is that Houshmandzadeh reportedly chose the Ravens over the Raiders.

The Broncos opened their practice week in preparation to play at Jacksonville with several injury questions on offense. Running back Knowshon Moreno is still trying to come all the way back from a hamstring injury suffered on the first day of training camp. The offensive line is beat up with tackle Ryan Clady (knee) and right tackle Ryan Harris (ankle) uncertain if they can play and how effective they can be.

The Chargers cut cornerback Brandon Hughes to make room for No. 3 quarterback J.T. O’Sullivan.

The Chiefs put second-year receiver Quinten Lawrence on the practice squad. He was cut Monday. Defensive tackle Garrett Brown was cut from the practice squad.
The Kansas City Chiefs have released their eight-man practice squad. Every player on the squad had been cut by the Chiefs this week.

Quarterback Tyler Palko was put on the practice squad. It appears, for now, the Chiefs will keep two quarterbacks, Matt Cassel and Brodie Croyle, on the 53-man roster.

Here is the team’s practice squad:

We enlisted the help of Steve Muench of Scouts Inc. to break down some of the college free agents signed by the AFC West teams.

Here is some of what he thinks about the new post-draft additions to the division:

Denver Broncos

West Virginia WR Alric Arnett: Arnett doesn’t have the burst to consistently separate from man coverage at the NFL level and his hands are a bit inconsistent. However, he has the frame and athletic ability to develop into an effective sub-package receiver.

Oklahoma RB Chris Brown: Brown, who doesn’t have great speed or elusiveness, has the potential to develop into an effective third-down back that can contribute as a receiver out of the backfield and help out in pass protection.

UCLA LB Korey Bosworth: Bosworth has some experience lining up on the inside and should play there in Denver’s 3-4 scheme. He doesn’t have great speed or athletic ability but he’s instinctive and tough enough to develop into an effective reserve in this scheme.

Colorado TE Riar Geer: Geer is not much of a big-play threat and he doesn’t have great size for a blocking tight end. Still he’s worth taking a closer look at because he’s tougher than his size suggests and he catches the ball well.

Notre Dame SS Kyle McCarthy: McCarthy has marginal top-end speed and doesn’t project as a starting safety. On the flip side, he has the potential to develop into a valuable reserve that also covers kicks because he is smart and tackles well.

Kansas City Chiefs

Minnesota DT Garrett Brown: Brown has the build to develop into a reliable reserve end in the Chiefs’ 3-4-scheme but he’s not quick enough to disrupt runs in the backfield or get to the quarterback with any consistency.

San Jose State OLB Justin Cole: There’s a lot to like about Cole’s upside both as a run stopper and pass rusher. The problem is he shows sub-par instincts on film so he may never realize that potential.

Maine OT Tyler Eastman: Eastman missed the 2007 season with an injury and explosive edge rushers will give him problems but he has the frame to develop into an effective reserve right tackle in time.

Boston College WR Rich Gunnell: Gunnell is an overachiever who makes up for his lack of elite size and speed with effort and determination. He projects as a sub-package receiver at best.

South Carolina OG Lemuel Jeanpierre: Jeanpierre is a former defensive tackle who moved to guard in 2007 and sustained a season-ending knee injury in 2008, but there’s enough to like about his frame and upper body strength to give him a shot.

Oakland Raiders

Tulane RB Andre Anderson: On the plus side, Anderson runs hard and catches the ball well. On the downside, he is relatively undersized for a power back and he isn’t quick enough to consistently turn the corner at the NFL level.

Cincinnati DE Alex Daniels: Daniels’ blend of size and top-end speed makes him an intriguing rookie free agent signing but he’ll have to get off the ball and blocks quicker to carve out a roster spot.

Louisville WR Trent Guy:: Guy has some upside as a slot receiver and return man but he is an undersized prospect who lacks ideal speed and has had some problems with coughing up the ball.

USC OG Alex Parsons: There’s a lot to like about Parson’s frame and he has average upper body strength for a guard prospect but his technique –- both as a run and pass blocker -- needs a lot of work. His ability to sink his hips and get under defenders is of particular concern.

BYU FB Manase Tonga: Tonga needs to run with better pad level but he is an effective blocker and he can snatch the ball out of the air as a receiver.

San Diego Chargers

Fresno State WR Seyi Ajirotutu: Ajirotutu needs to sharpen his route running and he did not run as well as expected at the combine. On the other hand, he is a competitor who appears faster on film than he does on the track and he shows good body control when competing for balls downfield.

Troy State OLB Brandon Lang: Lang, who turned in a disappointing workout at the Combine, could prove to be a steal here. He’s a high motor player who is relentless rushing the passer and pursuing the run.

Southern Methodist RB Shawnbrey McNeal: Though not a powerful between-the-tacklers runner and he needs to be more patient at times, McNeal is quick and can make defenders miss when he gets into space.

Tulane WR Jeremy Williams: While he comes with durability concerns and he’s not much of a vertical threat, Williams has shown signs of developing into a polished route runner and he has the big hands to snatch the ball out of the air.

South Florida ILB Kion Wilson: Wilson isn’t an explosive pass rusher and he has his limitations in coverage but is a tough run stopper and reliable tackler.
The Chiefs announced the signing of 11 undrafted free agents on Sunday. Here they are: