AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chargers, Raiders

     

Broncos

  • Per the Athletic’s Nicki Jhabvala, Broncos HC Vic Fangio says CB Bryce Callahan didn’t play Monday night because of continued issues with his foot: “It’s a concern. He didn’t have a setback this week. He’s just not ready yet.”
  • Callahan’s foot was stepped on in late July, which re-aggravated a broken bone that was surgically repaired this offseason. Callahan hasn’t practiced in full since. 
  • According to KUSA’s Mike Klis, the Broncos are concerned enough about Callahan’s availability that they have reached out to the agents of current free agent corners. 
  • Fangio says there’s no concrete timetable for Callahan’s return: “There’s a chance this week, but there was a chance last week.” (Jhabvala)
  • Broncos WR Tim Patrick suffered a broken hand and will miss some time. (Klis)

Chargers

  • According to the Athletic’s Daniel Popper, he expects the team to call up a corner from the practice squad like Kemon Hall rather than look outside the organization for depth given the health issues this week. 
  • Popper doesn’t expect LB Denzel Perryman to be fully cleared to play without limitations until the end of the month. 
  • Popper believes the Chargers will keep CB Desmond King in the slot, though if they have to move him outside S Jaylen Watkins would take over at nickel.
  • Chargers waived TE Vince Mayle from injured reserve with a settlement. 
  • Chargers released DB Kemon Hall from their practice squad. 

Raiders

The Raiders got their first win of the season Monday night against the Broncos despite losing arguably their best player, WR Antonio Brown, who never suited up for the Raiders after coming to Oakland via trade. Despite the potential for the situation to be a massive distraction, HC Jon Gruden said the Raiders fought through it.

“What happened here the last couple days may have been, you know, big news to some, but there were no distractions,” Gruden said via NBC Sports’ Josh Schrock. “I think you could tell that tonight, our team was ready to roll. I’m never going to bring it up again. That incident, whatever you call it, had nothing to do with our team’s focus or preparation. That’s it. End of story.”

While losing a player of Brown’s caliber has to sting, Gruden couldn’t help but be happy the drama was over.

“As much as people talk about it, I mean, my god,” Gruden said. “Man, I feel like someone smashed me in my temple on the side of the head. Get over it, man. It’s over. You know? We were good in the preseason without him. We’re going to be fine without him. And we wish him the best. You know, we gave it a shot. Now New England gets their turn. Good luck to them. I can’t deal with it anymore.”

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