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Chargers put rookie on I.R.

The San Diego Union Tribune is reporting the Chargers are putting rookie linebacker Jonas Mouton on the injured reserve with a shoulder injury. He’s been out for a few weeks. Mouton was expected to play on special teams this season. Now, he will be essentially a rookie again next year. The Chargers re-signed safety Paul Oliver to take Mouton’s place on the 53-man roster.

In other AFC West news Thursday evening:

  • Kansas City quarterback Matt Cassel knows he must improve his game as the 0-2 Chiefs prepare to travel to San Diego on Sunday. Cassel, like nearly all of his teammates, has not been good this season. If he wants to salvage the season, he must find a way to produce immediately.

  • Jets cornerback Antonio Cromartie talked about being wooed by the Raiders during free agency. Sure, the Raiders are desperate for better cornerback play. But I maintain Cromartie wasn’t the answer in Oakland for big money. He makes some plays. But the former Charger also gets burnt often. He’s not worth giving a huge contract to.

  • Raiders coach Hue Jackson talked about not getting permission to talk to Jets assistant Dennis Thurman about the Raiders defensive coordinator job earlier this year.