Football is back, officially, expect the scores of the games don't matter. Week 1 of the preseason is in the books, and Week 2 is fast approaching.
Health is becoming an issue for the first time in the AFC West, with all the teams having injury challenges to some extent.
Camp battles might take some twists and turns after the first preseason game, and there are still the Peyton Manning in Denver, Norv Turner in San Diego, trio of ACLs in Kansas City and "New Era" in Oakland story-lines to monitor.
Let's see what is cooking around the AFC West.
Ryan Mathews is not a doctor according to Norv Turner (via The San Diego Union Tribune). Mathews is trying to get back from his broken clavicle for Week 1, but Turner seems to be throwing water on that fire.
The Chargers are playing it safe with Eddie Royal according to Michael Gehlken of The Union Tribune. Royal has been nursing a groin injury since early in camp and the Chargers don't want him to return until he is 100 percent.
Jared Gaither has also been sidelined since the start of training camp and saw a doctor on Monday according to Gehlken. The Chargers are hoping for a return in the next week or so, but his status for Week 1 could be in jeopardy with any setbacks.
Brandon Flowers is still out, and it's threatening his ability to get ready for Week 1 according to Romeo Crennel (via The Kansas City Star).
Offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is riding high after the Chiefs' preseason performance according to Adam Teicher of The Star. Daboll is seemingly doing a good job with the offense in Kansas City, but expectations need to be tempered a little bit because it's only preseason.
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Right guard Chris Kuper will miss six weeks with a broken ulna (forearm) according to The Denver Post. Kuper had just gotten back from a broken leg and now he will miss regular season time.
Passes to the tight end are back in the playbook with Peyton Manning under center, according to Lindsay Jones of The Denver Post.
Dennis Allen also took away a few positives from the game according to Vic Tafur of The San Francisco Chronicle.
Terrelle Pryor says he played like "dog crap" in the preseason opener according to Paul Gutierrez of CSN Bay Area. Pryor vowed to be improved on Friday when the Raiders travel to Arizona to take on the Cardinals.
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