AFC West: Reggie Wells

Chargers rotate roster

December, 18, 2012
What do teams do when they are eliminated from playoff contention early? They look at the kids.

That’s what the 5-9 Chargers are doing.

The Chargers put running back Ryan Mathews (collarbone), receiver Malcom Floyd (ankle), and tackle Reggie Wells (ankle/toe) on the injured reserve. Receiver Mike Willie and defensive end Damik Scafe were promoted from the practice squad. There is still an opening on the 53-man roster.

These moves are not shocking especially the decision to shelve Mathews, who had surgery Monday.

In other AFC West news:

Chargers may get some O-line relief

December, 7, 2012
The San Diego Chargers entered the week thinking they’d be without three starting offensive linemen Sunday at Pittsburgh. Now, there appears to be a chance one could play.

Left tackle Mike Harris is questionable with an ankle injury, but he is hopeful of playing. Right tackle Jeromey Clary (knee) is out and right guard Tyronne Green (hamstring) is doubtful. If Harris can play, Kevin Haslam will play right tackle. If Harris doesn't play, Haslam will likely play left tackle and Reggie Wells will play right tackle. Haslam and Wells are both newly signed. Rex Hadnot is expected to play for Green.

In Kansas City, the Chiefs are dealing with several injuries. Safety Kendrick Lewis (shoulder), safety Eric Berry (hand), offensive lineman Branden Albert (back), linebacker Derrick Johnson (hamstring), safety Abram Elam (quad), cornerback Brandon Flowers (hamstring) and guard Jeff Allen (illness) are all questionable to face Cleveland on Sunday.

In other AFC West news:

Denver coach John Fox said he doesn’t think the shoulder injury receiver Demaryius Thomas suffered Thursday appears serious and he hopes Thomas can practice Monday.

Oakland coach Dennis Allen said the ankle aggravated by running back Darren McFadden on Thursday doesn’t appear serious. It was McFadden’s first game back after missing four games with the injury.

D.J. Williams might get start

December, 5, 2012
It looks like D.J. Williams might get his first start of the season.

His outstanding replacement, Wesley Woodyard, is doubtful to play Thursday at Oakland. Woodyard, who leads the division with 100 tackles, was hurt Sunday against Tampa Bay.

Williams has been active for the past three games after serving a nine-game NFL suspension. Williams was a mainstay of the Denver defense until this season. Also, receiver Brandon Stokley is questionable with hip and wrist injuries. He missed the Tampa Bay game.

Update: The Broncos have ruled Woodyard out of the game.

For Oakland, defensive tackle Richard Seymour will miss his fifth straight game with knee and hamstring problems. As expected, Oakland coach Dennis Allen returned to the team Wednesday. He left the tem Sunday night to be say his final goodbyes to his father, Grady Allen. Grady died Tuesday at the age of 66.

In other AFC West news:

Here are the Chargers’ tackle options for Sunday at Pittsburgh: Reggie Wells, Kevin Haslam and practice squadder Kevin Hughes. Two will start with starters Jeromey Clary and Mike Harris out. I’d guess Haslam at left tackle, Wells (who was signed Wednesday) at right tackle, and Hughes is promoted and is a backup. Yes, it is going to be a tough, tough situation at Pittsburgh.

In an Insider piece, Pro Football Focus has a look at the NFL Defensive Player of the Year candidacy of Denver linebacker Von Miller.

Elizabeth Merrill’s Hot Read on the tragedy in Kansas City is a must-read. Meanwhile, the Chiefs attended a memorial service for starting linebacker Jovan Belcher on Wednesday. He killed himself at the team facility after killing his girlfriend, Kasandra M. Perkins on Saturday morning.

NFL honors Brady Quinn

December, 5, 2012
Buried as a backup, Brady Quinn probably wondered if he’d ever get a chance to be a starting quarterback again on more than just on an injury-replacement basis.

Being the top dog for a week? Well, that probably was out of the question.

Yet, it is Quinn who is at the top of the AFC quarterback heap, at least for a week. He was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his play in the Chiefs’ 27-21 win against Carolina on Sunday. Quinn completed 19-of-23 passes and was instrumental in the win.

It was Quinn’s first win as a starting quarterback in three years. He took over last month as Kansas City’s starting quarterback for the rest of the season. The odds are against Quinn being the Chiefs’ starting quarterback in 20103, but if he collects any more of these awards, his case to be in the mix will be made stronger.

In other AFC West news:

Denver’s Peyton Manning is No. 1 and Denver linebacker Von Miller is No. 6 on Mike Sando’s MVP Watch this week.

Kansas City starters center Ryan Lilja (knee), cornerback Brandon Flowers (hamstring) and linebacker Derrick Johnson (hamstring) are not practicing Wednesday. Left tackle Branden Albert is working Wednesday after missing two games with a back injury,

The Chargers brought back tackle Reggie Wells. Linebacker Antwan Barnes was put on injured reserve.

More from Eric Winston

October, 9, 2012
Eric Winston said he has gotten support for his rant on Sunday and doesn’t regret saying what he did.

Sunday, Winston ripped some fans who he said cheered when embattled Kansas City starting quarterback Matt Cassel went down with a head injury. Winston, of course, has taken some heat for his words.

“I stand by what I said. I was there; I was on the field. It was obvious to me, but like I said, people are going to make their own conclusions,” Winston told a Houston radio station. “I’ve had a lot of support. I’ve had a lot of people that have emailed me from around the league. I had a person, today, stop me in my car when I was leaving the store and they just wanted to say, ‘Thank you.’ … I’ve had a lot of people that were there, teammates that their families were talking about it after the game. It wasn’t just me. … The only thing that matters to me in this game is the respect of your teammates and the respect of your peers.”

I understand both sides of this saga. But I think it is best for everyone involved if Winston doesn’t address it anymore. It’s time for everyone to move on.

Meanwhile, in our AFC West poll, voters were overwhelmingly behind Winston.

In other AFC West news:

The Chiefs signed center Bryan Mattison and cut defensive back Neiko Thorpe. It's the reverse of a move they made Saturday because of needs at defensive back in Week 5.

The Chargers haven’t had much fourth-quarter magic lately.

Denver reserve cornerback Tony Carter apologized for an insensitive tweet.

Former Denver safety Steve Atwater has been elected to the Colorado sports hall of fame.

Buffalo signed offensive lineman Reggie Wells. He had been on and off the Chargers’ roster for the past several weeks.

As expected, injured Oakland linebacker Aaron Curry is on pace to practice next week. If there is not a setback, he could come back in a few weeks. The Raiders could certainly use the help.

AFC West notes

September, 29, 2012
Catching up on the news of the day after arriving in Kansas City:

Denver put safety Quinton Carter on the injured reserve. He will require knee surgery. That means fellow 2011 draft pick Rahim Moore will likely remain the starter. Carter, who took the job from Moore last year, had been expected to push Moore at some point.

Denver promoted safety Duke Ihenacho and linebacker Mike Mohamed from the practice squad. Mohamed was promoted because starter Joe Mays is suspended for Sunday’s game against Oakland for a helmet-to-helmet hit on Matt Schaub last Sunday. Keith Brooking is expected to start for Mays.

San Diego officially announced that kicker Nick Novak has been signed and offensive lineman Reggie Wells has been cut. Novak is replacing kicker Nate Kaeding, who is out for Sunday’s game at Kansas City with a groin injury. Novak kicked for the Chargers last season after Kaeding tore his anterior cruciate ligament.

ESPN’s Adam Schefter is reporting that Kansas City's top receiver, Dwayne Bowe (groin), is expected to play Sunday. He is one of four Chiefs receivers listed as questionable on the injury report.

In addition to receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey (concussion), backup Oakland tight end Richard Gordon (hamstring) has been ruled out of Sunday’s game against the Broncos. Derek Hagan is expected to start for Heyward-Bey.

NFL makes example of Denver coaches

September, 23, 2012
DENVER -- John Fox and Jack Del Rio will be examples to coaches around the NFL.

The league has warned coaches not to be too hard on replacement officials and it apparently means business. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Fox, Denver’s head coach, and Del Rio, Denver’s defensive coordinator, will be fined by the league for their actions in a 27-21 loss to Atlanta on Monday night. Schefter reports the NFL plans to fine the pair up to $20,000 each.

Schefter reports the league called the Georgia Dome at halftime to get the message to the two coaches to tone it down a few notches. Fox and Del Rio were both furious at the replacement officials, especially during a chaotic first quarter that took an hour to play in front of a national audience.

That game was considered to be a prime example of why the lockout of the permanent officials needs to end. Fox and Del Rio’s actions didn’t make the replacements look good and they will pay for it.

I wonder if the two coaches will restrain themselves if the officiating gets out of hand later Sunday when the Broncos host Houston. I’ll be there. I’ll let you know if it looks like Fox and Del Rio will be dipping into their pockets again.

In other AFC West news:

Starting safety Kendrick Lewis is among the Chiefs’ inactive players at New Orleans on Sunday. He has been out since the second preseason game with a shoulder injury. Barring a setback, he has a strong chance to play against San Diego next week.

The Chargers signed cornerback Greg Gatson from the practice squad and cut offensive lineman Reggie Wells. They did the same thing last week and then signed Wells on Monday and cut Gatson. I could see the same swap happening Monday.

Could Carter be answer in Oakland?

September, 18, 2012
The Oakland Raiders have a lot of needs after starting 0-2 for the first time in five years.

One of the issues is a lack of a pass rush. Oakland, which has two sacks in two games, is considering addressing the problem with a second workout for Andre Carter.

The pass-rusher visited the Raiders during the preseason, but he reportedly wasn’t recovered from an injury that ended his season in New England last year. CBS Sports is reporting that Carter is working out for the Raiders on Tuesday and New England is also closely monitoring him.

There have been several reports that Carter would like to return to the Patriots. However, he resides in the Bay Area. If the Raiders do sign Carter, he’d probably be a rotational pass-rusher.

Predictably, the Raiders are looking at cornerbacks as well. They have been decimated by injuries and an overall lack of depth at the position.

In other AFC West news:

In an Insider piece, former Kansas City coach and current ESPN analyst Herm Edwards looks at the problems that have caused the Chiefs to start the season 0-2.

Despite the slow start, Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli told the Kansas City Star he thinks the team can pull out of its funk.

The Chargers have re-signed offensive lineman Reggie Wells. The team cut cornerback Greg Gatson. Wells was cut to make room for Gatson on Saturday because the Chargers needed help at cornerback against Tennessee.

Raiders make several moves official

September, 15, 2012
I arrived in San Diego on Saturday to some predictable news from the Oakland Raiders.

Even though it was expected, the news that No. 3 receiver and kick returner Jacoby Ford is out for the year stings for the Raiders. Ford, who missed six of the final seven games of last season with a foot injury, suffered a Lisfranc injury in his left foot in the preseason. He had surgery this week.

Oakland coach Dennis Allen told reporters this week he likes his five receivers. Yet, Oakland will miss Ford’s explosion. In other expected moves, Oakland put cornerback Ronald Bartell on the injured reserve, but he was given the designation that he can come back later this season. He is expected back in six weeks. He broke his left shoulder blade against the Chargers.

Oakland signed long snapper Nick Guess and cornerback Coye Francies. Guess was signed to long snap if Condo is not cleared to play. He suffered a concussion against the Chargers.

It will be interesting to see how Guess does. He is inexperienced in the NFL but at least he is a long snapper. Reserve linebacker Travis Goethel, who was pressed into duty, had three bad snaps that directly resulted in nine points for the Chargers in their 22-14 victory over the Raiders.

In other AFC West news:

The Chargers promoted cornerback Greg Gatson from the practice squad because they are banged up at the position. Veteran offensive lineman Reggie Wells was cut to make room for Gatson. Wells was recently signed and could always be brought back when the Chargers get healthy at cornerback.

Denver has listed nickel cornerback Chris Harris as questionable to play Monday night at Atlanta with an ankle injury. He did not practice all week.
In addition to a potential season-ending injury suffered by receiver Jacoby Ford, the Raiders are dealing with playing without starting cornerback Ronald Bartell.

Bartell has a broken left shoulder blade. Because no surgery is needed, his recovery time could be less than six weeks. There is hope he could be back in four weeks. Bartell is meeting with a specialist to get more information.

Bartell was injured in the first half Monday. Pat Lee took Bartell’s place and he is line to start.

The Raiders had high hopes for Bartell when they signed him to a one-year contract this offseason. He had success in his career with the Rams, but he missed last season with a neck injury. This injury further hurts one of Oakland’s thinnest areas for the time being.

In other AFC West news:

The Chargers added offensive line depth by signing veteran Reggie Wells. He adds depth at guard and tackle. Wells is a solid player and a good addition for the Chargers.

Possible cuts trickling in

August, 31, 2012
It is going to be a long day of roster-cutting. The deadline for teams to hit the 53-man limit is 9 p.m. ET Friday, and I think at least a couple of the teams in the AFC West are going to go down to the wire.

However, names have been trickling out around the league, and some of the names who will reportedly be cut could attract some interest in the AFC West.

Running back Tim Hightower is reportedly being cut by Washington. The Raiders need a veteran backup to Darren McFadden. Hightower is coming off a knee injury. However, he is 6-foot, 220 pounds and he has five years experience. The Raiders need a bigger, experienced back with Michael Bush gone. There will be other running backs that come available, but Hightower could interest Oakland, I’d think.

Green Bay is reportedly cutting veteran offensive lineman Reggie Wells. He can play several positions. I could see the Chargers being interested in the versatile offensive lineman because of injuries.

Another early reported name who is being cut is Eagles’ cornerback Joselio Hanson. I could see San Diego, Oakland and Kansas City (because of injuries) showing interest in Hanson. He is a decent nickel cornerback, who should find work quickly.

New England reportedly is cutting offensive lineman Dan Koppen and receiver Deion Branch. You’d have to think Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli could be interested in players he worked with in New England. The Chiefs have a bigger need on the offensive line than receiver. But Branch could be tempting.

Evening AFC West news and notes

September, 1, 2010
I talked to ESPN medical analyst Stephania Bell about Michael Bush’s left thumb, which he broke during a preseason game against San Francisco on Saturday. Bell says Bush will likely be out anywhere from two to six weeks. That means Bush could still return in time for the season opener against Tennessee on Sept. 12.

The team has said Bush could potentially play in the game. Bell said if Bush plays in the opener, he likely won’t be at full strength by the sound of his injury.

Meanwhile, Oakland coach and current ESPN Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden is a believer in the Raiders. He likes the team’s front seven on defensive and he believes the team could make a playoff push.

The Dallas Morning News believes Kansas City could be a player for Cowboys receiver Sam Hurd. The Chiefs could use a receiver and Hurd played former Kansas City coach Todd Haley in Dallas.

It is being reported that the cardinals are shopping guard Reggie Wells. Every team in the AFC West could use some depth on the line, so it’s worth keeping an eye on.

San Diego linebacker Shawne Merriman may not be ready for the season opener at Kansas City.

Here’s a pitch for former Denver running back Peyton Hillis to start for the Browns. He was part of a package sent to Cleveland for backup quarterback Brady Quinn. With the injuries at running back in Denver and Quinn’s slow start, I wonder if the Broncos’ may end up regretting this deal.