AFC West news and notes

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

Let's go around the division:


Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said Thursday that he really doesn't want to use rookie Ryan Torain much, if at all, Sunday against visiting Miami. Yet, Torain may have to play. Starter Michael Pittman is struggling with a rib injury, Andre Hall didn't practice with an ankle injury and Selvin Young has been bothered by a groin injury. Torain hasn't played since breaking his elbow in early August. Because of injuries, his NFL debut could be a busy one for the fifth-round pick from Arizona State.

Meanwhile, receiver Brandon Stokley (concussion) and tight end Tony Scheffler (groin) continued to be limited in practice. The team hopes both play against the Dolphins. Also, the plan is to promote quarterback Darrell Hackney from the practice squad Saturday to be Jay Cutler's backup. Denver will have to cut someone to make room for Hackney.

Kansas City

To make room for Tyrone Brackenridge, the Chiefs cut defensive back Dimitri Patterson. Also, the Chiefs' home game against Tampa Bay will not be blacked out.


Rookie running back Darren McFadden didn't practice for the second straight day because of turf toe injuries on both feet. Oakland coach Tom Cable said McFadden will need to make progress Friday to have a chance to play Sunday against visiting Atlanta. He didn't play at Baltimore on Sunday.

Also, it appears defensive end Derrick Burgess is on his way to missing his fourth straight game with a triceps injury.

San Diego

Some of the Chargers' key players sat out to rest during a bye-week workout in San Diego. The Chargers need this time off to heal some nagging injuries before the second half of the season starts and San Diego tries to bounce back from a 3-5 start.