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Around the AFC West (August 28 edition)

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Hey everyone - here's the latest news and updates from our arch-enemies around the NFL:

Denver:

Obviously, no one is missing the debacle known as Brandon Marshall, but just in case you haven't heard the latest, here are the details of Marshall's suspension and response from Head Coach Josh McDaniels.

On the other side of controversy, former Broncos QB Jay Cutler is now telling everyone McDaniels will be a good coach. Of course, this comes on the eve of the hyped return of Cutler to Mile High and now that he's gone, he can say whatever nice things he wants.

Backup QB Chris Simms suffered a high ankle sprain which probably will keep him out through the first week of the regular season at least. In the meantime, the team signed former Chief Ingle Martin to man a clipboard.

Meanwhile, starting QB Kyle Orton at least earned higher marks for his last preseason game than his Broncos debut with his first TD pass of the preseason.

Oakland:

Speaking of controversy, police are still checking into the absolutely ridiculous coaching scandal involving Tom Cable and Randy Hanson.

First round pick WR Darrius Heyward-Bey is showing signs of life with his catching skills in camp.

FB Lorenzo Neal and the team reached an injury settlement on his release.

Coach Cable named Jamarcus Russell the official starter for opening weekend at QB.

San Diego:

Apparently Antonio Gates isn't the only TE capable of producing on the football, as the Chargers are enjoying what they see from the position in camp.

Even though they say he's fully back, the Chargers still keep LaDanian Tomlinson from unnecessary risks in the pre-season, much to his chagrin.

QB Phil Rivers got his big money extension that's been expected for some time. The deal includes over $38 million in guaranteed money.