AFC West Notes: Chargers, Chiefs, Raiders



Chargers QB Philip Rivers said after Thursday’s loss to the Raiders that he’s disappointed by how he played. 

“It was obviously not the way you wanted to end your time coming here,” Rivers said, via the San Francisco Chronicle. “It was one of the last-standing, last few active old-school NFL stadiums, kind of one of the originals.

“The atmosphere tonight was awesome. Just disappointed we didn’t play better and find a way to win.”

“The two (first-quarter) interceptions and then eight plays not getting anything” at the end of the game, Rivers added. “I’m disappointed I didn’t do a better job in those … spots especially.”

Chargers HC Anthony Lynn acknowledged that their margin for error limited at this point in the year. 

“I don’t know if we can lose another game,” Lynn said. “We have six games left and we have to regroup.”

  • Jeremy Fowler reports that Chargers LT Russell Okung is undergoing an MRI for a groin injury suffered last night, but he is feeling fine today so there’s optimism it’s nothing major.
  • Anthony Lynn confirmed that Okung has a strained groin and added that while he’s encouraged by the results of his MRI, he’s still “questionable” for Week 11. (Jeff Miller)
  • Lynn said OT Sam Tevi had surgery today on his meniscus, but the good news is that he is not done for the season. (Jeff Miller)
  • Regarding Chargers S Derwin James, Lynn said he’s doing change of direction work on the field and getting better, but they still need to discuss his situation with the medical staff to decide when James can return to practice. (Eric Williams)


Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes says he’s “glad to be back out there” after missing the past two games following a dislocated kneecap. 

“I knew I had a chance once I talked to those doctors and they said as long as I was functioning well, moving well, I could play this week,’‘ Mahomes said, via “Coach [Andy] Reid still wanted me to take it day by day. I went out here in practice and took the reps and I haven’t had any pain or any setbacks and so as long as we keep going with that I’m glad to be back out there.

  • Mahomes has been practicing with a brace on his knee and will wear it when he returns to action on Sunday.
  • Although, Mahomes tells James Palmer that he’s consulted with the doctors and doesn’t expect to be wearing it throughout the rest of the season. Mahomes explained that the brace is more of a confidence thing for him right now.
  • Regarding the injury, Mahomes believes his dislocated kneecap was a “fluke” thing and said he’s maybe now a bit more at risk than other people, but doesn’t fear re-injuring it. (James Palmer)
  • The Kansas City Chiefs officially ruled out T Eric Fisher (groin) and DE Alex Okafor (ankle) for Week 10 and list DE Frank Clark (neck), G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (ankle), and CB Kendall Fuller (thumb) as questionable.


  • Ian Rapoport reports that the Raiders fear S Karl Joseph, who was spotted on crutches last night, has a serious foot injury. 

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