Warren expects rough reception in his return

ALAMEDA -- Gerard Warren didn't leave Denver on the best of terms with the Broncos. Now that he's playing for the Oakland Raiders, the veteran defensive lineman doesn't expect things to be any different when he makes his return to Invesco Field on Sunday.

in Denver with the Raiders this weekend

If anything, it might be worse considering the storied history between the two AFC West opponents.

"Oh yeah, you know that," Warren said Thursday. "Raider week? Shoot yeah."

Warren was acquired by the Raiders in a rare trade between the two division rivals on Aug. 20 in exchange for a conditional fifth-round draft pick. It was the first time the two teams consummated a trade since 1993 and the first under the watch of Denver coach Mike Shahanan, who got his first head coaching job with the Raiders in 1988 before being fired four games into the '89 season.

The third overall pick by Cleveland in 2001 before being traded to Denver in '05, Warren was deemed expendable by the Broncos because he didn't fit the style of new defensive coordinator Jim Bates. He had 49 tackles and 5½ sacks in two seasons with Denver but after signing a lucrative contract extension before 2006, Warren was slowed by a toe injury sustained in training camp and quickly fell out of favor with the team.

GORE'S MOTHER DIES -- Pro Bowl running back Frank Gore missed the 49ers' practice after the death of his mother.

Gore's mother, Liz, died Wednesday afternoon in the Miami area, and the running back briefly visited the 49ers' training complex Thursday before leaving to be with relatives. He still intends to play in San Francisco's game at St. Louis on Sunday, but probably will head home to Miami afterward.

"I think that Frank feels that his mother would want him to do his job," 49ers coach Mike Nolan said. "Frank knows that. I think that's where he'll put his attention when it comes to Sunday's game. I'm sure it's hard for him to get focused with what happened."

BIG CHANCE FOR BIG MAN? -- Because of his weight, Jared Lorenzen has been called a lot of nasty things on the football field. "Round Mound," "Hefty Lefty" and "J-Load" are just a few.

Lorenzen is ready and eager to accept a new title this weekend -- starting quarterback for the New York Giants.

There is a big if, though. The 285-pound left-hander only gets it if Eli Manning can't play against Green Bay this weekend because of a sprained right shoulder suffered in the 45-35 loss to Dallas on Sunday night.

In his gut, Lorenzen expects Manning to start his 43rd consecutive game for the Giants.

"If he is fine at all, he is going to go in there and play," Lorenzen said after leading the first-team offense in practice. "That's the type of competitor he is. That's Eli. Not everyone gets to see that. I know deep down that if he can, he will be out there."

CHARGERS SEEK NEW HOME -- Two pieces of land in Chula Vista are suitable for an NFL stadium, according to a study that was funded by the San Diego Chargers.

The findings elevate Chula Vista's prospects of landing Southern California's only NFL team as the Chargers intensify efforts to leave Qualcomm Stadium.

The architectural firm Cooper, Robertson & Partners identified the top-ranked site as a 500-acre parcel about seven miles inland from San Diego Bay. A 139-acre bay-front site that is currently occupied by a power plant ranked second.

"If we're looking at a power plant site, I think it's a good deal for the people of Chula Vista if we do trade volts for Bolts," Councilman Steve Castaneda said at a news conference.

QUICK HITTERS -- Dallas receiver Terry Glenn had arthroscopic surgery on his right knee for the second time in six weeks. There is no timetable for his return. ... Buffalo placed starting cornerback Jason Webster on injured reserve with a broken forearm. ... Former New England guard Joe Andruzzi is fighting non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, cancer of the cells of the lymphatic system.