AFC West: Jeremy Newberry

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Oakland Tribune looks at Oakland's tight ends. It is a decent bunch led by Zach Miler. I think the third-year tight end is one of the best young players at his position in the NFL. He is Oakland's most reliable receiver and could make a push to be a Pro Bowl player this year.

Former Oakland receiver Ronald Curry was traded from Detroit to St. Louis. He signed with the Lions this offseason after a so-so career in Oakland.

Former San Diego backup center Jeremy Newberry has retired because of knee issues. He had signed with Atlanta this offseason after the Chargers declined to bring him back.

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Tyson Jackson, the No. 3 overall draft pick in April, told the Kansas City Star he is confident that he will sign his contract in time for training camp, which starts late next month. Jackson, a defensive end from LSU, was the No. 3 overall pick.

Some veterans in San Diego are getting some extra work.

Former San Diego center Jeremy Newbery signed with Atlanta.

Oakland star cornerback Nnamdi Asomugha chimed in on the Raiders' quarterback situation in a radio interview.

A.J. Smith presser news and notes

February, 26, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

San Diego general manager A.J. Smith held a 45-minute press conference to address the team's status heading into free agency. There were several interesting developments. Of course, the most important part of the press conference centered around a situation that is still unresolved.

Smith said talks on restructuring LaDainian Tomlinson's contract were ongoing, but he wouldn't go into specifics about the situation. If Tomlinson, who is due more than $6.7 million this season, doesn't take a restructured deal to reduce his 2009 pay, he will likely be cut.

The talks could last several days. There is no hard deadline. The fact that the talks, which began in earnest Sunday, are taking this long could be a sign of difficulty. However, both sides want Tomlinson to remain in San Diego so the talks will continue.

Meanwhile, San Diego cut linebacker Anthony Waters, who was a third-round pick in 2007. The team had high hopes for Waters last season but he was injured and never made an impact when he was healthy. Still, it is a bit surprising the team gave up on him so early in his career.

Smith said the team will not pursue any of its four remaining unrestricted free agents: defensive lineman Igor Olshansky, guard Mike Goff, linebacker Marques Harris and center Jeremy Newberry. That proclamation is not surprising.

The team wasn't pleased with Olshansky's and Goff's play last season and Harris and Newberry are role players. The Chargers re-signed guard Kynan Forney on Wednesday and he could take Goff's place. Smith said the team would monitor movement in free agency but wouldn't say how much of a player the team would be. The Chargers will likely sign one or two players but not be particularly busy.

Also, Smith said left tackle Marcus McNeill had knee surgery three weeks ago but he is expected to be ready for training camp. McNeill was hampered by a neck problem last season.

Rivers makes rare costly mistake

September, 22, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

SAN DIEGO -- Philip Rivers just made one of his first mistakes of the season.

And it hurt the Chargers badly.

On San Diego's third play of the game, New York cornerback David Barrett stepped in front of a pass intended for tight end Antonio Gates and picked it off for an easy score. Barrett read the pass easily.

The pass, Rivers' first of the game, was ill-fated from the start. Rivers bobbled the shotgun snap from center Jeremy Newberry before quickly unloading.

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DENVER -- The injury-barraged San Diego Chargers may have gotten a break.

Both running back LaDainian Tomlinson and cornerback Antonio Cromartie are active for today's game between the Chargers and the Broncos. Both players were listed as questionable on the injury report heading into the game.

Both players did practice fully Friday, though. Tomlinson has a turf toe problem and Cromartie had a hip issue. Both players were hurt in last week's loss to Carolina.

If Tomlinson is affected by the injury, Darren Sproles and rookie Jacob Hester will run the ball for the Chargers in what is a crucial game against the 1-0 Broncos. First-round pick Antoine Cason will spell Cromartie if he can't go.

The Chargers continue to play without standout offensive linemen Nick Hardwick (foot) and left tackle Marcus McNeill (neck). Both players missed last week as well. Jeremy Newberry starts for Hardwick at center and L.J. Shelton plays for McNeill at left tackle.

San Diego's other inactive players are cornerback DeJuan Tribble, linebacker Anthony Waters, guard Kynan Forney, tight end Kris Wilson, defensive tackle Brandon McKinney and Charlie Whitehurst is the emergency quarterback.

For Denver, its inactive players are safety Hamza Abdullah, running back Ryan Torain. linebacker Louis Green, tackle Erik Pears, center Tom Nalen, receiver Darrell Jackson, defensive tackle Nic Clemons and defensive end Jarvis Moss.

This is the second straight healthy scratch for Moss, Denver's first-round pick last year. The Broncos have plans for Moss but Denver doesn't think Oakland and San Diego were good match-ups for the slender pass rusher. However, if you are a first-round pick, match-ups shouldn't play a part on whether you are active or not.

Jackson was added to the injury report Saturday with a calf injury.

Chargers will limp into Denver

September, 12, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

The Chargers released their final injury update of the week and they will be without two important offensive linemen. San Diego has several injury issues in what is now a critical game Sunday in Denver on Sunday.

Center Nick Hardwick (foot) and left tackle Marcus McNeill (neck) are out for the second straight week. Jeremy Newberry will play at center and L.J. Shelton will work at left tackle against Denver's young defensive front.

Also looming is the injury status of star running back LaDainian Tomlinson. He is listed as questionable with a turf toe. However, Tomlinson did practice fully Friday after sitting out the first two days of practice. Cornerback Antonio Cromartie was limited Friday after not practicing Wednesday and Thursday. He is listed as questionable as well. First-round pick Antoine Cason will spell Cromartie if he can't play. Cromartie suffered a hip injury in Sunday's loss to Carolina.

Tomlinson said this week he will play. San Diego would use Darren Sproles and rookie Jacob Hester if Tomlinson can't play. Denver's run defense, ranked 30th in the NFL last season, played well against Oakland. Tomlinson would be a major test for Denver.

Meanwhile, Denver's strongside linebacker Boss Bailey, who has an ankle injury, is expected to play sparingly. His replacement, Jamie Winborn, should also play some. At center, Casey Wiegmann continues to spell Tom Nalen who is coming back from tow knee surgeries. Nalen may be a couple of weeks from playing.

Around the AFC West

September, 6, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

Headlines from around the AFC West:

Defensive end Jarvis Moss, Denver's 2007 first-round pick, is anxious to show he is not a bust. After getting hurt last season, Moss has yet to impress.

Wide receiver Eddie Royal, a surprise starter as a rookie, is ready to roll Monday night as Denver plays a game without Brandon Marshall.

Kansas City
Chiefs coach Herman Edwards said the key for his team is to stop the run.

The Darren McFadden Show debuts Monday night. Meanwhile, Justin Fargas doesn't mind the company in Oakland's backfield.

San Diego
With center Nick Hardwick out, the Chargers are lucky to have Jeremy Newberry while L.J. Shelton steps in for left tackle Marcus McNeill.

Evening AFC West injury update

September, 5, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

AFC West injury updates:

In Denver, strongside linebacker Boss Bailey will be a game-time decision Monday night. He has been bothered by a high ankle sprain he suffered in the first preseason game. If he can't play, Jamie Winborn will start.

In Kansas City, rookie receiver Will Franklin is not practicing and likely won't play at New England.

In Oakland, receiver Javon Walker (hamstring) did not practice for the second straight day. He is listed as questionable on the injury report.

In San Diego, as expected, center Nick Hardwick (foot) and left tackle Marcus McNeill will not play Sunday against visiting Carolina. Jeremy Newberry will start at center and L.J. Shelton will play at left tackle.

AFC West injury update

September, 2, 2008

Posted by's Bill Williamson

There are several players in the AFC West who enter week one unsure they will be ready to play because of injury.

Here are a few situations to monitor this week:

Denver Broncos

Injured player: Center Tom Nalen, knee.

Outlook: At this point it doesn't look like Nalen is going to play against Oakland on Monday night. He still may be a few weeks away.

Replacement: Casey Wiegmann

Kansas City Chiefs

Injured player: Left tackle Branden Albert, foot.

Outlook: Albert missed the entire preseason and is just getting back on the practice field. It may be a lot to ask of him to get his first NFL action after taking a month off because of an injury. But Kansas City coach Herman Edwards said this weekend that Albert could possibly play.

Replacement: Herb Taylor

San Diego Chargers

Injured player: Tight end Antonio Gates.

Outlook: Gates is recovering from a surgically repaired big toe on his left foot. He hasn't played in preseason and he is practicing on a limited basis. Gates maintains he will play Sunday against Carolina, but he's not sure how the toe will react to game action.

Replacement: Brandon Manumaleuna

Injured player: Center Nick Hardwick, foot.

Outlook: He had off-season foot surgery and didn't play in the preseason. Some close to the situation said Hardwick is making good progress but may not be ready to play against the Panthers on Sunday.

Replacement: Jeremy Newberry

Injured player: Left tackle Marcus McNeill, neck.

Outlook: The team doesn't think McNeill will play this week, but he should be back soon.

Replacement: L.J. Shelton.