AFC West Notes: Broncos, Chiefs, Raiders



Broncos’ second-round QB Drew Lock (thumb) said he is ready to return from injured reserve whenever the team feels he is capable. 

“I’ll always be a confident guy,” Lock said, via Aric DiLalla of the team’s official site. “I’m ready whenever. Whenever they’re ready, I’ll be ready. I don’t know, I’ve been in this league for, what is it? It’s been eight weeks, nine weeks, whatever, [so] they know a lot more about this league than I do and they know a lot more about timing and this whole process. I trust them, like I said, but they’ll get a confident guy whenever they call my number up.”

Lock says he was able to learn the Broncos’ offense during the preseason and can continue to progress with more practice. 

“The progress I made from Game 1 to Game 2 to Game 3 [in the preseason], I think I can further that progress with a little bit of practice then going into games and kind of getting the feel for it,” Lock said. “If I didn’t have those preseason reps, I wouldn’t have been able to learn the things I did, wouldn’t have been able to go out and play a little better in that San Fran game until I obviously got injured. Being able to go back and practice, kind of get my feet back underneath me, start to recall some things actively and physically doing it instead of just watching it on a screen, I think that will be big for me.”


  • Ed Werder reports that there’s still a chance QB Patrick Mahomes will play on Sunday against the Chiefs. 
  • This comes in contrast to an earlier report from Ian Rapoport, who mentioned that Mahomes is expected to be held out in Week 9 with the Chiefs starting Matt Moore
  • According to Werder, the expectation is that DT Chris Jones will be active and the Chiefs are hopeful DE Frank Clark will also be available. 
  • Both players are still considered game-time decisions. 


Vic Tafur of The Athletic writes that the Raiders will activate fourth-round CB Isaiah Johnson from injured reserve on Monday. 

Johnson has been out with a fractured orbital bone below his right eye that he suffered after taking a knee to the face from teammate Marquel Lee.

“I didn’t know what was wrong with me,” Johnson explained. “I know I had a concussion, but my face was also hurting a lot.”

Johnson says it will be a “bid deal” for him to return to the playing field. 

“That’s going to be a big deal,” Johnson said. “I can’t wait to finally play with the team. It’s been a long time.”

Johnson revealed that he was unable to undergo surgery on his fractured orbital bone and it had to heal on its own. 

“It needed to heal on its own,” Johnson said.  “Man …. that just hurt so much. I couldn’t eat like I wanted to. Couldn’t sleep like I wanted to. Had nose bleeds. I looked funny. … My whole right side of my face stopped from working.”

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8 months ago

If Mahomes plays against the Chiefs, that will be an epic story:-)