AFC West: Louis Green

Posted by's Bill Williamson

There has been a lot of talk in Kansas City about how tough new coach Todd Haley is on his players. Well, he ingratiated himself with the troops Tuesday by canceling the final two OTAs. The Chiefs won't gather until training camp.

Haley said he ended the session early because his team made good progress this spring. This was a nice move by the coach. His team goes into its final break of the year feeling good about him.

The Kansas City Star looks at the good and bad of the offseason workouts. There are some interesting names on both lists.

One new Oakland player thinks Jeff Garcia gives the team a better chance to win now than JaMarcus Russell. My thoughts: He's probably right, but this is about the long haul and Russell needs to be given a chance to show if he can hack it or not. I also wonder if these kind of comments will continue during the season if Russell struggles. I get the feeling that the Garcia-Russell talk is just beginning.

The Broncos cut special-teams player Louis Green.

AFC West news and notes

February, 26, 2009

Posted by's Bill Williamson

• Still no word out of Kansas City on Larry Johnson's future. The team will likely try to trade him, but he could end up getting cut in the coming days.

• If Dallas cuts safety Roy Williams, Denver could be an option. The Broncos are looking at safeties in free agency. New England's James Sanders also is a possibility.

• The Broncos could be in on St. Louis cornerback Ronald Bartell in the coming days. If Dallas defensive end Chris Canty is unsigned after the first couple of days of free agency, Denver could get into the picture.

• The Chiefs extended tenders to restricted free agents safety Jarrad Page, center Rudy Niswanger and receiver Jeff Webb.

• The Broncos are set to gain about a $4 million in salary-cap credit for bonuses linebacker Louis Green didn't achieve. Denver has more than $40 million in salary-cap room as free agency is about to start.

• It will be interesting to see if San Diego shows any interest in guards Brandon Moore and Kendall Simmons, who were cut by the Jets and the Steelers, respectively. The Chargers might be in a market for a guard.

• The Broncos, at this point, are not looking for a replacement for young kicker Matt Prater, who struggled in the second half last season, but rather someone to compete with Prater.

Posted by's Bill Williamson

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.

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Here is the participation report from Wednesday for both San Diego and Denver for Sunday's game.
The Chargers have some interesting situations developing.

Running back LaDainian Tomlinson, cornerback Antonio Cromartie and left tackle Marcus McNeill all did not practice. Tomlinson and Cromartie were injured in Sunday's loss to Carolina. McNeill did not play against Carolina. Tomlinson said earlier in the week he would play at Denver despite his toe injury. Also, tight end Antonio Gates was limited by a hip injury, not his nagging left big toe injury. He suffered the hip injury against the Panthers.

For Denver, center Tom Nalen practiced on a limited basis after having his second knee surgery of the summer last month. He may be a couple of weeks from playing.

Below is the participation list for both teams.

Chargers (Player, Injury, Wednesday Participation): Shawne Merriman, LB ,knee, out - IR; Antonio Cromartie, CB, hip, did not participate; Marcus McNeill, T, neck, did not participate; LaDainian Tomlinson, RB, toe, did not participate; Antonio Gates, TE, hip, limited participation; Nick Hardwick, C, foot, limited participation; Jamal Williams, DT, knee, full participation.

Broncos (Player, Injury, Wednesday Participation): Ryan Torain, RB, elbow, out; Louis Green, LB, hamstring, did not participate; Tom Nalen, C, knee, limited participation; Boss Bailey, LB, ankle, full participation; Jay Cutler, QB, knee, full participation; Elvis Dumervil, DE, finger, full participation; Ebenezer Ekuban, DE, back, full participation; Darrell Jackson, WR, ankle, full participation; Marquand Manuel, S, thumb, full participation; Patrick Ramsey, QB, R, elbow, full participation; Dewayne Robertson, DT, knee, full participation; Eddie Royal, WR, ankle, full participation; Marcus Thomas, DT, ankle, full participation.

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OAKLAND -- In addition to Javon Walker, there are other inactive players for Oakland.

Oakland's inactives: Receiver Todd Watkins, safety Rashad Baker, defensive end Kalimba Edwards, center John Wade, tackle Mario Henderson and third quarterback Marques Tuiasosopo. Edwards is injured.

Denver's inactives: Safety Calvin Lowry, running back Ryan Torain, linebacker Louis Green, tackle Erik Pears, center Tom Nalen, guard Dylan Gandy, defensive end Jarvis Moss and defensive tackle Josh Shaw.

The only surprise is Moss. He had no reported injury, making this is a surprising move. The 2007 first-round pick finished last season injured but Oakland was expecting a lot from him this year. Yet, Moss was unproductive in the preseason. If Moss was a healthy scratch for this game, it would not bode well for Moss on a defense that hungry for a pass rush.

Casey Wiegmann continues to start for Nalen, who is coming off a knee injury. Nalen may be back in the coming week.

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The Denver Broncos have seen too may linebackers being taken off the field on a backboard. In December 2006, team captain Al Wilson was taken off on a stretcher during a home game against Seattle. Last year in training camp, linebacker Warrick Holdman was taken off on a stretcher at practice.

Wilson came back to finish the season, but he suffered a neck injury that has kept him out of the league since. He has been cleared to play but he has not signed. Holdman has not played since his injury.

Once again, Denver had that the ugly scene Saturday night when backup linebacker and special teams standout Louis Green had to be taken off the field. There was good news after the game as Green was walking around Denver's locker room and he flew home with the team. He will be monitored.

Also, Denver starting strong side linebacker Boss Bailey will miss a few weeks with a sprained ankle.