AFC West: Ricky Price

DENVER -- Kansas City rookie receiver/returner/running back Dexter McCluster is inactive for the third straight game because of an ankle injury.

The Chiefs are also without safeties Jon McGraw (knee) and Kendrick Lewis (hamstring). Donald Washington may be set to start with Eric Berry at safety. The Chiefs have not made that announcement yet. Linebacker Corey Mays is inactive for the first time this season.

Kansas City has signed safety Ricky Price from the practice squad. Linebacker Charlie Anderson was cut to make room for him.

For Denver, running back Laurence Maroney is inactive. Lance Ball, who can play special teams, is active. Denver traded a fourth-round draft pick for Maroney earlier this season. As expected, linebacker Robert Ayers and cornerback Andre' Goodman are inactive because of injuries.
The Kansas City Chiefs have released their eight-man practice squad. Every player on the squad had been cut by the Chiefs this week.

Quarterback Tyler Palko was put on the practice squad. It appears, for now, the Chiefs will keep two quarterbacks, Matt Cassel and Brodie Croyle, on the 53-man roster.

Here is the team’s practice squad:

Chiefs make roster moves

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The Chiefs put safety DaJuan Morgan and linebacker Justin Rogers on the injured reserve list. Morgan, a promising second-year player, has a chest injury. Rogers has a thigh injury.

The team promoted defensive tackle Derek Lokey and safety Ricky Price from the practice squad. Lokey is from Texas and Price is from Oklahoma State. Both Lokey and Price may have a chance to play in the final week of the season and show they belong in Kansas City in 2010.

Evening AFC West news and notes

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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

San Diego standout center Nick Hardwick made significant but incremental progress Wednesday by practicing on a limited basis. He has been out since suffering a major ankle injury in Week 1 at Oakland. He had surgery and there were initial thoughts he’d be out until December.

He could potentially come back in two to three weeks. Hardwick’s return could be a major boost for San Diego, especially in the running game.

Also in the AFC West:
  • San Diego linebacker Kevin Burnett didn’t participate in practice Wednesday because of the ankle injury that kept him out of last week’s game. Defensive tackle Ogemdi Nwagbuo (ankle) was also held out of practice. Linebacker Shawne Merriman was limited with a foot injury.
  • Oakland linebacker Ricky Brown continues to be out with an ankle injury. Defensive end Greg Ellis didn’t practice because of a knee injury. Receiver Chaz Schilens didn’t practice due to a foot injury. Schilens suffered a setback last week in his recovery. He has been out for 10 weeks with a broken foot. Guard Robert Gallery practiced on a limited basis for the first time since breaking his foot in Week 2.
  • The Chiefs have not announced a decision on the future of running back Larry Johnson. He has been banned from team activities while the Chiefs investigate homophobic comments he made earlier this week. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports Johnson is not expected to play Nov. 8 at Jacksonville. The Chiefs have a bye this Sunday.
  • Denver safety Brian Dawkins practiced Wednesday on a limited basis. Dawkins suffered a hamstring injury against the Chargers on Oct. 20. Defensive tackle Ronald Fields also didn’t practice (hamstring).
  • Denver quarterback Kyle Orton and linebacker Elvis Dumervil remain on the ESPN.com MVP watch list.
  • Former Kansas City assistant coach Darvin Wallis has died. He was 60. He was a defensive assistant/quality control coach for 19 years.
  • Tackle Chris Patrick left Kansas City’s practice squad to sign with San Francisco’s active roster. The Chiefs added defensive back Ricky Price to take Patrick’s spot on the practice squad.
Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Here is a look at Kansas City's undrafted rookie class.

Meanwhile, coach Todd Haley confirmed that the Chiefs will be playing a variation of the 3-4 defense this season.

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