Gates out, Miller expected in Pro Bowl

The Chargers confirmed that injured tight end Antonio Gates will not play in the Pro Bowl. He needed to be medically cleared by Tuesday to play in the Pro Bowl Jan. 30. Gates was voted in as a Pro Bowl starter.

He wasn’t expected to play. Gates was put on the injured reserve with a foot injury in December. Oakland tight end Zach Miller is expected to be promoted to the Pro Bowl team. It has been reported out of Oakland that Miller is the AFC's first alternate at the position. It would be Miller’s first trip to the Pro Bowl. He has played four NFL seasons and he potentially could be a free agent. Miller would be an attractive player on the open market.

In other AFC news on a busy Wednesday afternoon, the Denver Post is reporting former Atlanta and Seattle head coach Jim L. Mora left an interview Tuesday without becoming the team’s defensive coordinator. He is still considered the favorite to land the job.

Oakland owner Al Davis is not afraid of taking shots at former coaches. He found the opportunity to point out former Oakland coach Norv Turner is “fighting for his life" in San Diego during his news conference to announce the hiring of Hue Jackson as his head coach. The truth is, Turner’s job security in San Diego is just as strong as Jackson’s in Oakland. Every Oakland coach is always fighting for coaching life in Oakland. Meanwhile, offensive coordinator candidate Al Saunders is expected to interview in Oakland as soon as today.

I was not surprised to hear that Denver owner Pat Bowlen sent a letter to season ticket holders, telling fans the Broncos plan to turn around their program. The Broncos know how much they’ve fallen in the eyes of their fans and are doing everything they can to fix it. That’s part of the reason why Josh McDaniels was fired during the season and why legendary quarterback John Elway is back with the team.

After having three blackouts this season and not winning the AFC West title for the first time since 2005, the Chargers decreased the price of nearly 10 percent of the tickets next season and kept the same prices for the rest of the seats for the fourth straight season. Nice decision, Chargers. I’m sure fans appreciate it.

In a radio interview, Denver running back Laurence Maroney explains he was arrested but not charged on drug and weapons charges in St. Louis on Monday.