AFC West Notes: Broncos, Raiders, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie


  • Broncos S Shamarko Thomas was taken to the hospital last night for a possible detached retina.
  • Mike Klis reports that Thomas is back in Denver after spending the night in a Landover, Maryland-area hospital.
  • Jeff Legwold mentions that the Broncos’ decision to leave QB Chad Kelly in the game for just 23 snaps last night could be a bad sign for Paxton Lynch because it looked like the coaching staff has enough of a comfort level with Kelly to take him out.


Raiders HC Jon Gruden said he isn’t sure whether the team’s backup quarterback is currently on their roster.

“I don’t know,” Gruden said, via “You know, we’re going to continue to work, continue to see who’s available. I thought there were some good moments tonight and there were some moments tonight that weren’t good. It’s been too inconsistent but I’m not going to say much more tonight until I see the tape, but we’re going to continue to evaluate it.

Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie

Raiders HC Jon Gruden the decision to sign veteran CB Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was due in part to some of the injuries they’re dealing with at cornerback.

We have had a number of corners go down, and we need somebody to come in here and make a play,” Gruden said, via Vic Tafur of The Athletic. “With his history in this league, he has a lot of clout. … We are hoping we can rejuvenate him. … He can play.”

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