Chris Kuper makes progress

Denver guard Chris Kuper was limited in practice Thursday. He didn’t practice Wednesday and he has missed the past three games with an ankle injury. I could see a scenario where Kuper is rested through the regular season. Manny Ramirez has been playing for Kuper.

Meanwhile, returner Trindon Holliday (ankle) and cornerback Tracy Porter (concussion) remained out of practice Thursday.

For Kansas City, center Ryan Lilja (back), defensive end Tyson Jackson (foot), offensive lineman Donald Stephenson (illness), tackle Branden Albert (back) and tight end Tony Moeaki (head) all did not practice Thursday for the second straight day. Running back Jamaal Charles (illness) and linebacker Tamba Hali (illness) all practiced fully Thursday after being out Wednesday.

In other AFC West news:

  • The Raiders put defensive tackle Richard Seymour on the injured reserve. He ahs been out for the past several weeks. He is a free agent and is likely done as a Raider. I will be back later with some thoughts on Seymour’s time in Oakland.

  • Oakland safety Tyvon Branch (ankle), guard Mike Brisiel (ankle) and cornerback Phillip Adams (groin) all didn’t practice Thursday.

  • Running back Ronnie Brown (hamstring) and linebacker Donald Butler (groin) missed practice for the Chargers.

  • Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel had his knee drained. He is on crutches and he might have to coach Sunday's game at Denver from the press box.

  • San Diego receiver/returner Micheal Spurlock named the AFC special teams player of the week. He returned a punt for a touchdown in a win at the Jets.

UPDATE: Oakland coach Dennis Allen will announce Friday who his starting quarterback will be Sunday at San Diego. Both Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor are getting first-team reps this week.