You pick it: AFC West storylines

Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson

The candidates are:

Hardwick out: San Diego star center Nick Hardwick will be out for about another two months with an ankle injury he suffered in Week 1.

Russell’s struggles: Oakland quarterback JaMarcus Russell continued his awful start to the 2009 season with a horrid performance in a 23-3 loss to Denver.

Thigpen traded: Kansas City traded former starting quarterback Tyler Thigpen to Miami for an undisclosed draft pick.

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