AFC West Blog
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is dealing with an ankle injury. The injury is reportedly minor, however, he may be forced to miss this week's preseason game. This is the first we are hearing about an injury to Gordon. While it is not believed to be serious, this is a situation worth monitoring.
Chargers running back Melvin Gordon has been dealing with a bit of an ankle injury this week but managed to return to practice today. There was some concern that he could miss the team's second preseason, however, he now appears good to go. He'll likely get a decent amount of work and the team is expected to allow him to get some work on passing downs. An area he needs and wants to work on.
Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen has reportedly been having a great training camp and offseason. After an extremely promising rookie season in 2013, Allen failed to live up to expectations last year. This season quarterback Philip Rivers says that Allen has had the best camp of his career. "He's had a great camp," Rivers said. "He's had his best camp. I think that's not even close, just how consistent he's been."
San Diego Chargers running back Melvin Gordon is expected to sit out this week's preseason game. He has a tweaked ankle, which is not at all believed to be serious. Nonetheless, head coach Mike McCoy is looking to proceed with caution in regards to their first-round pick, as well as the rest of their key players. "We're going to look at what's the best interest of some players," McCoy said. "We'll hold some guys out that normally would play. But that's my job and the staff's job. … We're looking to get all 53 healthy for the opener. That's the big picture."
Oakland Raiders tight end Clive Walford has been dealing with a hamstring injury. He's missed all but two training camp practices. Prior to the injury, the feeling around Raiders camp was that the rookie out of Miami would beat out Mychal Rivera for the starting job. That may no longer be the case if he doesn't get back on the field soon.
Oakland Raiders running back Roy Helu has been sidelined for more than two weeks now with an undisclosed injury. There has been no word out of Oakland on what the injury may be and there is no timetable for his return. At this point everything is pretty much speculation and a guessing game. Helu projects as the Raiders' third-down back behind starter Latavius Murray.
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Dontrelle Inman was forced out of Saturday night's game with a concussion. Inman was a virtual non-factor last season until the last two games. All of a sudden, Philip Rivers began to target and rely on Inman. He caught 12 passes in the last two games of the year for 158 yards on 13.2 yards per reception. Inman will have to complete the leagues concussion protocol before he can return. He's fighting to move up the depth chart and earn snaps.
Oakland Raiders running back Roy Helu has been out for over two weeks with an undisclosed injury. It turns out the injury was a hamstring issue and he's expected to return to practice this week. We recently reported that the injury was probably not serious and luckily it turns out it wasn't. Helu projects to be the Raiders' third-down back this season behind starter Latavius Murray.
Denver Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning still does not have any feeling in his fingertips after undergoing four neck surgeries in 2011. The feeling may never come back or could any day according to Manning. He said it was tough for a while but now he's used to it. "I can't feel anything in my fingertips," Manning said. "It's crazy. I've talked to a doctor recently who said, Don't count on the feeling coming back. It was hard for me for about two years, because one doctor told me I could wake up any morning and it might come back. So you wake up every day thinking, Today's the day! Then it's not."
Denver Broncos running back Ronnie Hillman has been very impressive this preseason and in training camp. He has pulled away from a Montee Ball for the RB2 job in Denver. Now head coach Gary Kubiak says Hillman deserves more touches. "(Hillman) has had a really good camp. He's the guy in the group that is a little bit different — (he has) the gear to get the ball to the edge," Kubiak said. "He's responded. He deserves more reps."