Evening AFC West notes

The first day of the San Diego Chargers’ training camp saw left tackle Jared Gaither and backup quarterback Charlie Whitehurst get injured.

However, U-T San Diego reports the team is hopeful neither injury is serious. They will be monitored and even if both players are fine, I wouldn’t be surprised if they get some time off.

  • CBS Sports reports Washington has discussed signing free-agent running back Cedric Benson. He has been linked to the Raiders for weeks. Oakland now has the salary-cap room to add Benson. They could use more experience behind injury prone starter Darren McFadden.

  • Former Denver safety John Lynch spoke to the team on Wednesday night.

  • Now that assistant offensive line coach Steve Wisniewski has resigned because of personal reasons, the Raiders are one of nine teams in the NFL without an assistant line coach. Frank Pollack is the line coach.

  • U-T San Diego reports that Chargers’ reserve offensive lineman Brandyn Dombrowski is likely headed to the physically unable to perform list with a foot injury. He faces an uphill battle to make the 53-man roster.

  • Denver defensive lineman Mitch Unrein got some work with the first-team defense Thursday.