AFC West: Mickey Shuler.

The San Diego Chargers received terrible news Tuesday in their second day of organized non-contact drills.

The team announced 2012 first-round pick Melvin Ingram has a torn ACL.

The Chargers were counting on Ingram to provide a strong pass rush. He had a slow start to his rookie season, but he showed promise late. The team saw veteran edge rushers Shaun Phillips and Antwan Barnes leave in free agency.

Ingram was expected to be the primary pass-rusher from the edge. Defensive linemen Kendall Reyes and Corey Liuget provide good pass-rush burst from the line, but the Chargers need an outside presence. Former first-round pick Larry English in on the roster, but he has shown he can’t be counted on. The Chargers drafted Tourek Williams in the late rounds last month. His route to the field may be expedited with Ingram’s injuries.

I’d think the Chargers would seriously consider pursuing veteran Dwight Freeney. He was in Indianapolis with new San Diego general manager Tom Telesco. Veteran John Abraham is also out there.

With Ingram out for the year, the Chargers will have to find help somewhere.

This will be a tough setback for a young player. His career will certainly be salvageable, but it will be such a waste to lose his second NFL season in May.

In other AFC West news:
  • The Chiefs claimed offensive lineman Matt Reynolds from the Eagles and cornerback Buddy Jackson from the Giants. Reynolds was coached by new Kansas City coach Andy Reid last season.
  • The Bills claimed tight end Mickey Shuler. He was cut by the Raiders.
The Kansas City Chiefs are beginning their bye week, but that doesn’t stop talk about the most pressing issue for the 1-5 team. Who is the quarterback?

Coach Romeo Crennel isn’t saying. Matt Cassel missed Sunday’s 38-10 loss at Tampa Bay with a concussion. Brady Quinn started his first game since 2009 and he didn’t fare much better than Cassel did.

Crennel wouldn’t say who will start if Cassel is cleared to practice and then play Oct. 28 against visiting Oakland. Cassel has not been cleared yet.

“When Matt is cleared to practice football, then we’ll evaluate it and then we’ll make the decision at that time,” Crennel said.

My guess is Cassel will start when he is healthy, because Quinn didn’t do enough to make the Chiefs think he can save their season. If Cassel goes back behind center, his leash will be short, but so would Quinn's. Crenel said the post-bye key for his team is to create offensive balance. Translation: Whoever the quarterback is, he must perform better than what the Chiefs have gotten thus far.

In other AFC West news:

The agent for tight end Mickey Shuler tweeted that the player has signed with Oakland. He played with the Vikings and Dolphins. The Raiders have not announced the deal.

Oakland guard Mike Brisiel suffered a concussion in Atlanta. He will need to pass a battery of tests before being cleared to practice.

High praise for Ryan Clady

September, 7, 2012
This column from colleague Jeffri Chadiha proclaims Denver left tackle Ryan Clady as the No. 4 most indispensable players in the NFL. He is the only AFC West player on the list. I can hear your cackles from here.

I’m sure you have a lot to say. The extremely high ranking is a bit curious, since Clady’s sack numbers have soared. Still, he is a fine player who protects Peyton Manning's blind side. So, there is no doubt he is valuable and important to Denver’s success. Disagree? Have at it in the comment section below. But first, some other AFC West notes:
  • The Raiders worked out several tight ends this week: Gabe Miller, Fendi Onobun, Zack Pianalto and Mickey Shuler. None are impact players and the team was likely simply just doing their due diligence.
  • Receiver Derek Carrier had a workout with the Eagles. He was a highly touted undrafted free agent who signed with the Raiders. He was cut last Friday.
  • Former Oakland cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke is reportedly set to sign with Pittsburgh. The 2011 third-round pick was cut by the Raiders earlier this week and he went unclaimed. The Steelers play at Denver on Sunday and at Oakland in Week 3. I’d doubt Van Dyke would be active Sunday if signed.
  • There is one fewer Manning jersey in Colorado these days.