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Matt Cassel says he wasn’t hurt Thursday

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Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel left Thursday’s game after taking a big hit from Packers defensive tackle Howard Green.

We noted last night it didn’t look serious and Cassel appeared ready to come back in, and Cassel confirmed that after the game.

“We were just being cautious,” Cassel said via the Kansas City Star. “I wanted to go back in. . . .  Normally, I can take [getting hit by a 340-pound defender]. I don’t know what happened. Actually, I think it was [landing on] the ball more than anything.”

Of greater concern: tight end Tony Moeaki, right tackle Barry Richardson and safety Eric Berry all got hurt in the first half. Jared Gaither looked solid replacing Richardson and may start Week One.  Berry’s injury didn’t look bad.

The Chiefs, breaking from league norm, played some of their starters into the fourth quarter. The injuries occurred in the first half.

The bright side here is that Cassel moved the ball well after struggling earlier in the preseason.

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20 Responses to “Matt Cassel says he wasn’t hurt Thursday”
  1. crashdog says: Sep 2, 2011 9:45 AM

    Hey Matt….Prove it…let’s see the MRI

  2. seanmmartin says: Sep 2, 2011 9:49 AM

    Guess I’ll drop him as my back-up for fantasy

  3. tonymission says: Sep 2, 2011 9:54 AM

    Cassell moved the ball well when the 2/3s came in for the Packers…

  4. Dex says: Sep 2, 2011 10:01 AM

    Breaking News: A string of injuries are occurring, apparent cause? Players doing absolutely nothing in the offseason.

  5. clintonportisheadd says: Sep 2, 2011 10:02 AM

    I believe these many Chief injuries are the reason most experienced NFL coaches do not play the starters in the 4th pre season game…

  6. damnyoulinelliot says: Sep 2, 2011 10:23 AM

    Walk it off, Cassel

  7. gooboy6 says: Sep 2, 2011 10:24 AM

    tonymission says: Sep 2, 2011 9:54 AM

    Cassell moved the ball well when the 2/3s came in for the Packers…

    —————————————-

    15 for 17 against first team D
    tony baby, Cassell left in mid 2nd Q- stop drinking so much green and yellow kool-aid, one more concussion to Rogers and you guys are 8-8 this year

  8. joetoronto says: Sep 2, 2011 10:34 AM

    He stinks.

  9. sportsdrenched.com says: Sep 2, 2011 10:35 AM

    “I believe these many Chief injuries are the reason most experienced NFL coaches do not play the starters in the 4th pre season game…”

    Try reading the part that these injuries occured in the first half.

  10. jodave5 says: Sep 2, 2011 10:44 AM

    Come at Me, Bro! I’m wearing the Tubes. Come at Me. See what happens.

  11. kevinbobrow says: Sep 2, 2011 10:51 AM

    Cassel is going to shock some people this year. He was overrated coming out of New England, but he is underrated now. If his WRs give him targets he will hit them, and with his backs (now including McCluster) the other teams have to respect the run. He will have four or five 350 yard games this year in my opinion…

    mydailyff.com

  12. riverhorsey says: Sep 2, 2011 10:53 AM

    Gaither starting game 1 would be a surprise but he’s looked good in the last 2 games. Probably be game 3 or 4 but that’s a good thing.

  13. scudbot says: Sep 2, 2011 11:08 AM

    “15 for 17 against first team D”?

    —-

    Did not play: Charles Woodson, Clay Matthews, A.J. Hawk, Nick Collins

  14. jrmbadger says: Sep 2, 2011 11:40 AM

    “gooboy6 says:
    Sep 2, 2011 10:24 AM
    tonymission says: Sep 2, 2011 9:54 AM

    Cassell moved the ball well when the 2/3s came in for the Packers…

    —————————————-

    15 for 17 against first team D
    tony baby, Cassell left in mid 2nd Q- stop drinking so much green and yellow kool-aid, one more concussion to Rogers and you guys are 8-8 this year”

    Did not play for the Packers:
    Offense:
    Greg Jennings,
    Donald Driver,
    Jordy Nelson,
    James Jones
    Finley

    Defense:
    Clay Matthews
    A.J. Hawk
    Nick Collins
    Charles Woodson
    Mike Neal

    So, when 45% of your starting defense, and 45% of your starting offense is not playing, then I don’t think it would be accurate to say it was GB’s first string O or D.

    And despite KC’s coach playing many starters the entire game – Green Bay’s 2nd and 3rd stringers STILL beat them. An undrafted free agent named So’oto pretty much owned KC.

    Lets be clear. Had the Pack played its starters the whole game it would have been ugly for the Chiefs. Rodgers and the first string O (minus the big weapons at WR) took about 4 plays to score in the first series.

    As far as Rodgers’ concussion issues – Matt Flynn is a pretty decent backup (although he struggled Thursday).

    I just love all these people jumping on here celebrating because their QB managed to move the ball well against Pat Lee and Jarrett Bush in preseason and boasting about it. I guess that comes with being the champs though – you are the measuring stick for everyone else.

    Keep in mind that Jarrett Bush will make the team only for his special teams abilities and Pat Lee may be cut. Move the ball well against Woodson, Tramon Williams, Sam Shields and you may have something.

    Also keep in mind – ITS PRESEASON- Dom Capers’ schemes are probably pretty vanilla.

  15. 13xworldchamps says: Sep 2, 2011 11:46 AM

    gooboy6 says: Sep 2, 2011 10:24 AM

    tonymission says: Sep 2, 2011 9:54 AM

    Cassell moved the ball well when the 2/3s came in for the Packers…

    —————————————-

    15 for 17 against first team D
    tony baby, Cassell left in mid 2nd Q- stop drinking so much green and yellow kool-aid, one more concussion to Rogers and you guys are 8-8 this year
    —————————————————-
    You called that 1st team Defense? Charles Woodson, AJ Hawk, Nick Collins, Clay Matthews, Tramon Williams were not Playing, B.J. Radji and Desmond Bishop Played 6 snaps and were pulled.

    No ones drinking any cool aid here, Your starting offense less Cassell who got injured played into the 4th quarter, On your last drive You still had your top back and Top receiver on the field.

    As far as Rodgers, If Manning, Brees, Brady, or any of those guys go down they are also an 8-8 team if lucky…..What’s your point, it’s a QB driven league.

  16. gerard33 says: Sep 2, 2011 11:58 AM

    I’m most concerned about Moeaki. Unlike Richardson, he’s not replaceable.

    Gaither over Richardson is probably permanent, thank goodness. And I guess Cassel and Berry’s injuries aren’t that serious.

    Get well, Tony, we need you.

  17. scudbot says: Sep 2, 2011 12:33 PM

    Haley was desperate for a win. One look at the photo of Howard Green on top of Cassell and his crumbled shoulder leads me to conclude that Cassell is lying.

  18. gadzod says: Sep 2, 2011 12:53 PM

    I guess we’ll find out Sunday when Dareus, Williams, and Merriman are beating the living crap out of you! LETS GO BUFFALO!

  19. axespray says: Sep 2, 2011 3:50 PM

    we’re gonna slaughter the chiefs in week 15…

    can you imagine us with Aaron for 4 qts along with Greg/Finley/Jordy/Jones/Driver/Grant/etc.

    Can you imagine Cassel running for his life with Clay Matthews/Woodson/Raji blitzing him?

  20. dd393 says: Sep 2, 2011 8:26 PM

    Great sack. They had to get Cassel out of Howard Green’s bellybutton with a pry bar.

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