Kiffin treated for viral infection at local hospital

Updated: August 13, 2007, 11:09 PM ET
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Oakland Raiders: Raiders coach Lane Kiffin was hospitalized Monday with a viral infection and might not return to the team until later this week.

"This morning when he woke up, from what I understand, he was feeling under the weather," Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Knapp said. "[It's] something he's been fighting for the last two or three days."

According to Knapp, Kiffin presided over meetings Sunday night and was present when the coaching staff reviewed Saturday's 27-23 preseason win over Arizona. But his condition worsened overnight and Kiffin, 32, was taken to the Queen of the Valley Medical Center for observation.

A spokeswoman for the hospital said it was policy not to give out information on the condition of patients. The spokeswoman also declined to confirm or deny whether Kiffin was being kept overnight.

The Raiders returned to practice Monday and most of the players were notified of Kiffin's condition prior to the workout, though some weren't even aware the head coach was missing until they took the field.

Elsewhere in the AFC:

Indianapolis Colts: Safety Bob Sanders thinks he'll finally be practicing Wednesday.

Sanders has been on the physically unable-to-perform-list since July 30, the first day the Colts practiced, and hasn't been in pads since having offseason shoulder surgery four months ago.

"I'm excited to see how it feels and get the timing down and stuff," Sanders said after Monday afternoon's practice. "I'm still hoping to play in the third preseason game [against Detroit], but right now we want to get a full week of practice in and see how it goes."

Coach Tony Dungy has acknowledged the Colts will be cautious in using Sanders this month.

San Diego Chargers: Chargers All-Pro defensive tackle Jamal Williams sprained a foot in Sunday night's exhibition loss to Seattle and is listed as day to day.

Williams underwent an MRI exam on Monday, which verified the injury is not more serious. His availability for Saturday's exhibition game at St. Louis has not yet been determined.

Rookie safety Eric Weddle slightly sprained an ankle but is expected to play against the Rams.

Pittsburgh Steelers: Ben Roethlisberger hopes to play more against Washington on Saturday night than the three series he got during the Steelers' first two exhibition games.

Coach Mike Tomlin's reaction to his quarterback's lobbying for more on-field time? He might get it.

"That would be a good assumption, but we're going to keep him guessing," Tomlin said following the Steelers' first practice since losing to Green Bay 13-9 Saturday. "We'll let him know later in the week."

Kansas City Chiefs: Arena Football League star wide receiver Bobby Sippio agreed to terms on a two-year contract. In his most recent AFL season, Sippio had 163 catches for 2,391 yards and 70 touchdowns with the Chicago Rush.

Sippio, a converted defensive back who played cornerback and safety for Western Kentucky, first tried to make the NFL as a free agent with Miami in 2004.

Baltimore Ravens: Troy Smith, the 2006 Heisman Trophy winner, completed 3-of-11 passes for 34 yards and ran once for 13 yards in Baltimore's 29-3 win over Philadelphia. Smith is competing for the third-string job against Drew Olson, who threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Le'Ron McClain that made it 23-3 with 11:55 to go.

Willis McGahee, obtained during the offseason in a trade with Buffalo, had a 16-yard run during the initial series. He left with quarterback Steve McNair and the first-team offense.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.