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Broncos keep RB Ball as insurance

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By PFW staff

Following are some whispers we've heard recently from around the AFC West:

• The Broncos weren't ready to part with RB Lance Ball and had to add the 25-year-old to their active roster to stop the Colts from picking him up. Denver liked what it saw from Ball in the preseason (5.2 yards per carry), and the team invested too much time in him during training camp to let the second-year back walk away. With uncertainty behind starter Knowshon Moreno for the future, the team couldn't afford to lose Ball.

• The running game carried the Raiders through the first half of the season, and we hear they would like to get their wide receivers more involved in the seven remaining games. At the same time head coach Tom Cable is getting excited about the return of WRs Chaz Schilens and Louis Murphy from injury, he has also said that rookie WR Jacoby Ford's role needs to grow following his standout performance in Week Nine. The Raiders don't have the most accomplished receiving corps, but they will have good depth when Schilens and Murphy are healthy.

• Chargers head coach Norv Turner said the team was going to spend its bye week fixing problems, so it's no surprise that they worked heavily on the punting game. The Bolts have had four punts blocked this season and had another one deflected, so correcting this issue is one of their top goals while on bye. The other is to get healthy — Turner said he expects the squad to be at full strength for a Week 11 matchup with the Broncos.

• With Chiefs rookie FS Kendrick Lewis inactive last week due to a hamstring injury, Jon McGraw took his spot and had an eventful game at Oakland. The ninth-year veteran had seven tackles and an interception and nearly had a second pick that he dropped. Although McGraw isn't considered an impact playmaker, he is a serviceable reserve who can step in and hold down the fort if Lewis' injury lingers.

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