West Notes: Seahawks, Williams, Chiefs

The Raiders are winless, but quarterback Derek Carr says they haven’t quit on the season, Steve Corkran of the Bay Area News Group writes. “When the effort goes down, that’s bad,” Carr said today. “The energy level is, honestly, like we’re 9-0. Guys run around and are still striving to do whatever they can to make this thing right. Hopefully it will be sooner than later. It’s going to happen one of these days, and I’ll be excited to be a part of it.” More from the AFC and NFC West..

  • Kevin Williams signed with the Seahawks in part because he wouldn’t be asked to carry the load anymore, but that’s about to change, writes Tim Booth of The Associated Press. Seattle is counting on Williams in the wake of Brandon Mebane‘s torn hamstring and they’ll need some serious run-stopping ability to help fill that void. Williams signed a one-year deal with the Seahawks in June that can pay him as much as $2.1MM.
  • With Mebane and tight end Zach Miller now on the injured reserve, the Seahawks‘ “next man up” philosophy is more important than ever, writes Gregg Bell of The News Tribune. Seattle filled its roster spot vacated by Miller going on IR with linebacker Allen Bradford, who will have a prominent role in special teams.
  • Waived countless times, Ron Parker has finally found a home with the Chiefs, writes Dave Skretta of The Associated Press. The Newberry College product has been waived and signed by three different teams but the defensive back shined last week against Bills star receiver Sammy Watkins. “You saw his athleticism, his ability to run,” Chiefs GM John Dorsey said. “He’s got an innate toughness about him that you always like. He’s always been able to overcome.
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