Al Davis remembered on birthday week

The remembrances of Al Davis continue.

This time, friends and family will memorialize Davis this week in Las Vegas. It’s the perfect time for the celebration, as Davis would have turned 83 on Wednesday. Davis died in October 2011.

I was told Monday that several former players and coaches will attend the "first-class" celebration, one that new Raiders owner Mark Davis played a big role in organizing.

Davis deserved nothing less.

In other AFC West news:

In an Insider piece,Insider Adam Schefter looks at the chances of a breakout season for Oakland receiver Denarius Moore and the Chiefs’ season outlook in a mailbag.

— Former Denver star returner Rick Upchurch is in a battle with leukemia. In another sad story, former San Diego linebacker Steve Hendrickson is dealing with some serious health issues. Our best wishes go out to both Upchurch and Hendrickson in these difficult times.