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Evening AFC West notes

San Diego star tight end Antonio Gates didn’t practice for the second straight day with a nagging foot injury. However, he is expected to play in the Chargers’ crucial game against the Chiefs on Sunday. Receiver Legedu Naanee hasn’t practice the past two days with a nagging hamstring injury.

Linebacker Stephen Cooper (knee), receiver Vincent Jackson (calf) and running back Darren Sproles (concussion) all practiced on a limited basis Thursday after not working Wednesday. Their availability for Sunday’s game will be based on whether or not they can make continued progress. Jackson missed the Oakland game after being hurt on the second play of the Colts’ game. It was his season debut after a long holdout.

  • Denver cornerback Champ Bailey told reporters Thursday that if the new Broncos’ brass wants him back next season, he’ll be back. Still, it’s not a slam dunk Denver will give Bailey a competitive offer to keep him from testing the free-agent market. The Broncos took an offer for Bailey off the table at the last minute earlier this season.

  • As expected, the blackout for Sunday’s crucial game against the Chiefs has been lifted in San Diego. The game will be shown on local television. Three thousand tickets remain for the Chargers’ home finale next Thursday against the 49ers.

  • Denver safety Brian Dawkins (knee) and receiver Demaryius Thomas (ankle) continued to be held out of practice with injuries. Neither player played last week. Denver kicker Matt Prater was added to the injury list. He was limited Thursday with a groin injury.

  • Denver interim coach Eric Studesville said one of the many calls of congratulations he received this week was from former Giants head coach Jim Fassel. Studesville was on Fassel’s staff. Fassel’s name has come up as a potential replacement for Josh McDaniels, who Denver fired this week.