Evening AFC West news and notes

Denver quarterback Kyle Orton (ankle) and safety Brian Dawkins (neck) are both probable to play Thursday against the visiting Giants. Both players practiced fully Wednesday.

Denver right tackle Ryan Harris is going to miss his fourth game with a toe injury. He could return next week at Kansas City. Denver has missed Harris while he has been out. The Giants will be missing two key players Thursday.

Oakland defensive end Richard Seymour is probable to play at Dallas on Thursday. He left Sunday’s win over Cincinnati in the first quarter with a lower back injury.

Kansas City linebacker Mike Vrabel was limited in practice due to a knee injury. He missed Sunday’s win over Pittsburgh. His replacement, Andy Studebaker, had two interceptions and a half sack that were all key in the upset. The Chiefs put defensive back Maurice Leggett on the injured reserve, ending his season.

Several San Diego players missed practice Wednesday. The Chargers routinely keep players who are banged up out of early-week practices. Among the players who didn’t practice Wednesday were defensive end Luis Castillo (calf), receiver Vincent Jackson (ribs), linebacker Shawne Merriman (foot) and linebacker Shaun Phillips (ankle). Center Nick Hardwick (ankle) was limited in practice, but he may try to play Sunday. He has been out since Week 1.

Jon Runyan won’t be a Charger for long. The right tackle, who signed with San Diego on Tuesday, will retire at the end of the year to pursue a political career.

The Bills’ pursuit of former Denver coach Mike Shanahan has taken the next step.

San Diego quarterback Philip Rivers is sixth on NFC West blogger Mike Sando's MVP watch.