AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders



  • NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport says the Broncos haven’t ruled out re-signing CB Chris Harris following the season, which is why they haven’t been as keen to trade him as they have other players, though a deal still could get done. 
  • Broncos OT Ja’Wuan James re-aggravated the knee injury that’s been bothering him this season during Sunday’s loss to the Colts. (Rapoport
  • Broncos HC Vic Fangio says he doesn’t believe the team will make any more trades. (Mike Klis)
  • Broncos RB Theo Riddick and TE Jake Butt, both on injured reserve, won’t return to practice this week. (Ryan O’Halloran)
  • Broncos OT Garett Bolles will remain the starter at left tackle, per Fangio. (Nicki Jhabvala)


Chargers LT Russell Okung played in his first game this season after missing the first seven as he recovered from a pulmonary embolism he suffered back in June. Okung thought he might die that day, let alone never play football again, so his return to the field was an emotional one. 

“This game was certainly emotional,” Okung said via Gilbert Manzano of the Los Angeles Daily News. “I think before the game I just looked into the crowd and I looked around.”


  • Per Pro Football Talk, Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes said in an interview before Sunday night’s game that if it were a playoff game he would have played despite it being only 10 days after dislocating his kneecap. 
  • Kansas City expects to have Mahomes back in two weeks when they play the Titans, but Mahomes is reportedly pushing to play next week against the Vikings. 


  • NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport mentions the Raiders as a potential destination for Jets WR Robby Anderson, as they need a receiver and Anderson is on the block. 
  • Raiders C Rodney Hudson got good news with a negative X-ray, though more tests will follow. (Rapoport)
  • With LB Justin Phillips out for the rest of the year, Raiders HC Jon Gruden said the team will add a linebacker this week. (Scott Bair)
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