AFC West: LeKevin Smith

Denver adds NT Kevin Vickerson

September, 7, 2010
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Denver has reportedly signed former Tennessee and Seattle defensive tackle Kevin Vickerson. It reportedly cut defensive lineman Le Kevin Smith to bring in Vickerson.

Vickerson was a key backup in Tennessee, before signing with Seattle this offseason. He was a surprise cut in Seattle.

Vickerson could be an interesting addition to Denver’s front three. He is very big at 6-foot-5, 321 pounds. He may be a factor at nose tackle. Denver wants to keep Jamal Williams fresh and having the massive Vickerson share snaps with him could help Williams and the defense in general. It’s an intriguing move.

In other AFC West afternoon news, there are local television blackout scares in the NFL with the possibility of Oakland, San Diego and Kansas City dealing with blackouts this season. Oakland has long struggled with blackouts. There are a lot of tickets available to San Diego’s home opener against Jacksonville on Sept. 19.

Cornerback Alphonso Smith, who was traded from Denver to Detroit this weekend, indicated that a fresh start will do him good. Smith clearly felt pressure after Denver traded its first round pick in 2010 to take him at No. 37 in the second round in 2009. Smith was never a factor and the team dumped him this weekend. Here is a taste of what he said after arriving in Detroit.

“It's really good to have a clean slate. I allowed certain individuals back in Denver to form a perception of me, and I paid for it. Hence, the trade. So it's really good for me and my family to be in a new place and in a new town with new teammates just to try to start it all over again."

Cornerbacks are usually a confident lot. Doesn’t sound like Smith was confident at all in Denver.

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Going back to school

February, 11, 2010
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Seven AFC West players are among the 77 players who will participate in the NFL’s Business Management and Entrepreneurial Program this spring.

The program started five years ago to give players business-school experience during their players days to help prepare them for their post-football life. The session will be held next week.

The AFC West players going to participate in the program at the Harvard Business school are Denver’s Brandon Gorin, Spencer Larsen and LeKevin Smith and Kansas City’s Brad Cottam, Corey Mays and Kolby Smith. Kansas City receiver Bobby Wade will attend the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Pregame notes from Denver

November, 9, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

DENVER -- Here are some pregame notes.

New Denver cornerback Ty Law is active and expected to play some. He signed with Denver on Saturday.

Pittsburgh linebacker Lawrence Timmons is out with an ankle sprain. He is being replaced by Keyaron Fox.

Defensive end Travis Kirschke is out with a calf injury. He is being replaced by Nick Eason.

Denver fullback Peyton Hillis is out for family reasons.

Denver tackle Ryan Harris is out with a toe injury. Second-year tackle Tyler Polumbus is making his first start.

Denver defensive lineman Ryan McBean is out with a knee injury. He is being replaced by LeKevin Smith.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell is in Denver. He visited the Broncos’ facility Monday.

Minor point about the fact that Pittsburgh has not won during the regular season in Denver since 1990. The Steelers won in Denver in the 2005 AFC title game.

The Broncos huddled near where Pittsburgh was stretching about a half hour before the game. Denver did the same thing three weeks ago in San Diego. Pushing and shoving ensued. Pittsburgh’s players didn’t seem to mind it tonight.

Evening AFC West news and notes

November, 7, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Kansas City activated running back Kolby Smith off the physically unable to perform list as expected. Smith should get some action Sunday against Jacksonville as he backs up Jamaal Charles. Charles is starting due to a one-game suspension being served by Larry Johnson.

Should Charles and/or Smith play well against Jacksonville, Johnson’s role with the team could lessen.

To make room for Smith, Kansas City waived veteran receiver Bobby Engram. Engram was signed in the offseason to be a veteran leader, but he had little impact. Engram, 36, played in five games and had just five catches this season.
  • Ty Law may play Monday against Pittsburgh, 48 hours after signing with Denver.
  • Denver defensive lineman Ryan McBean was ruled out of the Pittsburgh game with a knee injury. LeKevin Smith will start in his place.
  • Oakland had a visit with defensive lineman William Joseph on Friday. Joseph has bounced on and off the Raiders’ roster this year.

Evening AFC West news and notes

November, 6, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

Denver defensive lineman Ryan McBean may not play Monday night against Pittsburgh with a knee injury. LeKevin Smith is set to start in his place.

In Kansas City, safety Jon McGraw is doubtful to play Sunday at Jacksonville with a thigh injury and guard Mike Goff is questionable with a shoulder injury.

Kansas City coach Todd Haley explains a sign that has made headlines this week.

San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman sits down for an interesting interview with the San Diego Union Tribune.

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