We are hearing these whispers from around the AFC West:
• With the Chargers possibly being without WR Malcom Floyd (hamstring) for multiple games, Buster Davis could finally get an opportunity to see extended playing time. Having played sparingly since being a first-round pick in 2007, Davis has already established a career high in yardage (82 yards in Week Three) and caught just his second career TD in Week Six. Offseason pickup Patrick Crayton is also in line to pick up the slack with Floyd sidelined.
• Although it was reported that Chiefs WR Chris Chambers was a healthy scratch for the team's Week Six contest at Houston, the veteran wideout actually sat out due to a finger injury. Chambers, who has not been a major part of the offense this season with just seven receptions for 76 yards, returned to practice this week with padding on the finger and is expected to play Sunday vs. the Jaguars.
• Injuries to the defense have forced Denver to switch from a 3-4 to a 4-3 defensive scheme. With LB Robert Ayers out for an extended period of time, we hear the Broncos feel they have a better shot at stopping the run with four defensive linemen. But Denver carries just six D-linemen on its roster, and injuries could hamper the Broncos' ability to consistently use four.
• Raiders second-year S Mike Mitchell has received more playing time in recent games and responded well to the role, but it doesn't sound as though he'll be unseating starting safeties Michael Huff or Tyvon Branch any time soon. Head coach Tom Cable has said the team is "pretty set at those two spots."