AFC West news and notes

Posted by ESPN.com's Bill Williamson

The Kansas City Chiefs announced that they will send one undisclosed 2010 draft choice to Miami as compensation for offensive linemen Ike Ndukwe and Andy Alleman. The Chiefs describe Nduwke as a guard. He was moved from guard to tackle in Miami. Alleman is listed as a guard/center. Meanwhile, the Chiefs cut guard/center Brian De Le Puente.

Oakland coach Tom Cable said JaMarcus Russell will be the team's opening day quarterback when the Raiders host San Diego on Sept. 14 on ESPN's Monday Night Football. This is no shocker. Russell has been the team's top choice at quarterback all along. If Jeff Garcia is going to take the starting job away from Russell, it will have to be at some point during the season.

Cable said middle linebacker Kirk Morrison will be ready to play in the season opener. He suffered a dislocated elbow against San Francisco. Morrison could fall behind Ricky Brown, who is pushing him for the starting job, while he is out.

San Diego star linebacker Shawne Merriman is happy with his progress from a knee surgery last year. Merriman doesn't expect to be at full speed until a few weeks into the season. Still, expect a full effort from this player while he continues to recover.

The Dolphins cut Ernest Wilford. It will be interested to see if the Raiders and Chiefs, who both need help at receiver, will take a look at the receiver/tight end.