AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs



  • According to NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport, Broncos OT Ja’Wuan James‘ knee injury is not season-ending. However, there’s not yet a timetable on when James would be able to return to the field. 
  • Broncos LB Todd Davis (calf) returned to practice on a limited basis, while CB Bryce Callahan (foot) continued to sit out. (Nicki Jhabvala)


  • Per ESPN’s Eric Williams, Chargers HC Anthony Lynn said he hasn’t talked to TE Antonio Gates in a while and doesn’t know what he’s up to.
  • Gates filled in for Los Angeles last season when they lost TE Hunter Henry to a knee injury. 
  • Lynn said he’s “absolutely” concerned about WR Mike Williams‘ (knee) availability for Week 2: “Absolutely. We signed a wide receiver (Anthony Johnson). Just in case. Just don’t know.” (Gilbert Manzano)
  • Veteran CB Jamar Taylor said he was on his way to a tryout with the Chargers when the Seahawks called Monday and offered a spot. (Bob Condotta)


Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy is no stranger to HC Andy Reid‘s offensive wizardry. McCoy played a key role for Reid when they both were together with the Eagles. Reunited in Kansas City, McCoy says Reid has learned a few new tricks on offense. 

“It was nice just watching how fast they were going up and down the field,” McCoy said via Sam McDowell of the Kansas City Star. “How much space they had, how many opportunities they had, the gains they were getting each play. At one point in the game, we were averaging like 15 yards [per] touch. That’s not normal. To see it firsthand is pretty cool.”

McCoy made his Chiefs debut with 10 carries for 81 yards and is looking to build on that to earn a bigger role going forward. 

“I want to earn myself on this team,” McCoy said. “I don’t want it just because of my name or what I’ve done in the past or my relationship with Andy Reid or my numbers. I want to earn it. These guys are established. It’s been a great offense before I got here, and if I wasn’t even here, it would still be a great offense. I just want to be part of it, earn every play I get and every possession.”

  • Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes returned to practice Wednesday despite spraining his ankle during Sunday’s game. (Ian Rapoport)
  • The injury didn’t keep Mahomes out of the game long and the second-year starter doesn’t anticipate it limiting him this year: “It’s feeling better every single day. The first day after was sore, but since then the swelling has gone down.” (Harold Kuntz)
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