AFC West Notes: Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders

     

Broncos

Chargers

Chargers QB Philip Rivers tells Ian Rapoport that he’s “at peace” with the fact that he’s in the final year of his contract. 

I really just feel at peace about that. Tom and I had really good conversations throughout the last couple months. I think it’s sincere, the both of us, really desire I’m still a Charger in 2020,” Rivers said. “I think that sincerity will make it all work out. Had it worked out before the regular season got started, I’d have been fine with it, but it didn’t. Shoot, hey let’s just wait and it kinda worked best for both sides to do that. I really feel good about it. I’m in a good place.

“I’ve always said handful of years, handful of years, handful of years, and I know you can’t say that forever and I don’t have an age number on it. But I’m at the point where I think one year at a time,” Rivers added. “I’m excited about this season and I am looking forward to 2020 and then, after that, I don’t know. Doing that for me, mentally, for my family, that’s the most healthy way to approach it.

Chiefs

Chiefs rookie WR Mecole Hardman says he isn’t trying to be a Tyreek Hill “clone” on the field now that Hill will be out 6-8 weeks. 

“I’m always myself. I don’t try to clone anybody,” Hardman said, via the Kansas City Star. “I just want to play my game and do what I’m capable of doing and not try to imitate anybody else. He’s a great player. Not too many people, if anybody, can do what he does on the field. I just want to be myself and do what I do.”

  • Chiefs HC Andy Reid told reporters that LT Eric Fisher injured his groin late in practice on Friday. (BJ Kissel)
    If Fisher ends up sitting out Sunday’s game, Adam Teicher mentions that the most likely replacement would be Cam Erving, who started at left tackle the last time Fisher missed a start back in 2017.
  • Another option, per Teicher, would be to switch right tackle Mitchell Schwartz to the left side, but this seems unlikely, given that Schwartz went through the practice this week on the right side.
  • The Chiefs officially ruled out WR Tyreek Hill (shoulder) for Week 2 and list T Eric Fisher (groin) as questionable.
  • The Chiefs officially ruled out G Gabe Jackson (knee) and WR J.J. Nelson (ankle) for Week 2 and list CB Gareon Conley (neck) and DT Corey Liuget (knee) as questionable.

Raiders

Raiders CB Gareon Conley discussed the injury scare he experienced during Week 1’s game against the Broncos. 

“It was scary,” Conley said, via NBC Bay Area. “I didn’t want to get up initially, but I knew I was good once some time passed. After a while, my neck didn’t really hurt.”

Conley sustained a neck injury and was taken off the field on a board, but he says it was just “precautionary.”

“It was precautionary,” Conley said. “I had to follow protocol.

“That’s more scary for my family,” Conley added. “I don’t want my family to think it’s something more than what it is … But I understand (the trainers’) side, too. It was just precautionary, so I just followed the instructions.

  • The Raiders officially ruled out G Gabe Jackson (knee) and WR J.J. Nelson (ankle) for Week 2 and list CB Gareon Conley (neck) and DT Corey Liuget (knee) as questionable.
  • The Oakland Raiders added punter A.J. Cole (foot) to their injury report and list him as questionable.
  • Raiders placed S Johnathan Abram on injured reserve. (NFLTR)
  • Raiders signed DB Juston Burris.

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