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Horse Tracks: AFC West happenings

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Just think... If Tom Brady had just admitted he had those balls deflated right when the Patriots got caught, this whole deflategate thing would have died in its infancy and there would be other more important things to discuss. Criminy, the NFL Network has teased former Bills quarterback Jim Kelly's response to the whole deflategate thing all weekend. Personally, I can't take any more of it. In fact, I'm going to spare you. Here's a look at the AFC West with not a single mention of the deflategate brouhaha... except this one.

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Denver Broncos

The Broncos are hopeful that first round draft pick Shane Ray can practice this week. It looks like the toe that kept him out of rookie minicamp has healed enough to get him on the field. Profootballtalk.com has the story.

Former Bronco Adrian Robinson has passed away. The standout Temple University linebacker played six games with the Broncos in 2013. His cause of death has not yet been released. Read more about it on Penn-Live.

Oakland Raiders

The Raiders first round pick is burning through jersey numbers. Receiver Amare Cooper was introduced with No. 19 and participated in rookie minicamp with No. 89. What do you think the chances are he changes again? AL.com has the story.

'Gurgling blood.' When it comes to the Raiders, that could mean so many things. In this case it pertains to their proposed stadium deal that would keep them in Oakland. 247sports.com has all the gory details.

San Diego Chargers

Stan Kronke is keeping things interesting with regard to one or more teams relocating to new cities and stadiums. Foxsports.com has an interesting hypothesis that makes him the new owner of the Raiders and has the Rams staying in St. Louis.

Chargers rookie running back Melvin Gordon has signed and participated in minicamp. SunHerald.com has all the scintillating (yawn) details.

Kansas City Chiefs

Did the Chiefs sacrifice a home game to gain favor with the league to get a Super Bowl or a draft? The Super Bowl IV Champions might be angling to do so. Through amazing mental gymnastics Arrowhead Addict tries to separate themselves from other teams who have 'hosted' a game in London.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are over there for the third straight year. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have been over there. At no point has a team of the Chiefs' caliber both as a product on the field or as a draw in the stands made the trip over the pond to host a game.

Let's not forget that the Jags and the Bucs have won playoff games more recently than the Chiefs. Tampa Bay has even won a Super Bowl. If you want to talk 'caliber' of teams, the Chiefs are right up there with those two teams... Right behind them.

Mile High Report's sister site Arrowhead Pride was psyched that Alex Smith narrowly made it onto a list of top ten quarterbacks going into the 2015 season. Peyton Manning is ranked two slots ahead of Smith. Click here it to see for yourself what a huge steaming pile this list is.