AFC West headlines: Heyward-Bey emerges

Denver Broncos

Alphonso Smith, a 2009 second-round draft pick, expects to play a larger role this season after being limited to nickel duty last season.

Kyle Orton is not the quarterback to lead the Broncos to a Super Bowl, according to the Denver Post's Woody Paige.

Kansas City Chiefs

Dwayne Bowe claims he did not tell ESPN the Magazine that players "imported" women to the team hotel during his rookie season, according to former Chiefs wide receiver Eddie Kennison.

The Chiefs dropped by Whiteman Air Force Base Wednesday as part of the VFW's "Return the Favor" program.

Oakland Raiders

The change at quarterback for the Raiders should make life easier for left tackle Mario Henderson.

Receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is starting to perform in practice like a first-round pick.

San Diego Chargers

Defensive tackle Travis Johnson signed his one-year contract tender on Wednesday.

Tight end Antonio Gates was excused from minicamp to have his foot examined by a specialist.

Coach Norv Turner told safety Kevin Ellison to stay away from minicamp following his arrest on suspicion of possessing a controlled substance.