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Report: Cassel could miss opener with rib injury

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Kansas City’s preseason finale proved to be a fitting end to a miserable exhibition season.

The Chiefs lost their second leading receiver from 2010 Tony Moeaki for the season because of an injury in the game.  Their starting quarterback is also banged up.

Nick Wright of 610 Sports and Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star reports Matt Cassel has a rib injury that could keep him out of the season opener against the Bills. Wright reports Cassel has a cracked rib. And that could expose one of the shakiest backup quarterback situations in the league.

Teicher reports that coach Todd Haley told backup Tyler Palko after Thursday’s game that he “better be ready to play Sunday.’’

That doesn’t mean Palko will play, but this is not how the Chiefs wanted to be entering the season. Palko was out of the NFL in 2008 and has thrown six career passes, all last year in Kansas City.

The Chiefs essentially chose to keep Palko rather than bring back Brodie Croyle.  Rookie fifth-round pick Ricky Stanzi is their No. 3 quarterback.

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50 Responses to “Report: Cassel could miss opener with rib injury”
  1. scudbot says: Sep 4, 2011 8:46 PM

    Todd Haley, Super Genius.

  2. petehemlock says: Sep 4, 2011 8:47 PM

    I feel a significant post-game handshake coming.

  3. footballfanatic3431 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:52 PM

    Smart move playing your starters into the 3rd quarter of the final pre season game, Hailey.

  4. gobills716 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:52 PM

    Buffalo is 1-0

  5. peester15 says: Sep 4, 2011 8:52 PM

    Maybe they should trade for Ryan Mallett, he looks to be the next Patriot’s trade bust.

  6. balzosteel says: Sep 4, 2011 8:53 PM

    Matt Fairy Cassel sucks. Rub some ‘tussin on it, strap a flack jacket on and hand the ball off to Charles like you’re paid to do. Sally……

  7. suhperman says: Sep 4, 2011 8:56 PM

    That’s what you get when you play your starters in the fourth preseason game as long as they did. Some of their starters played the entire game, while most played at least well into the fourth quarter.

  8. empireredd says: Sep 4, 2011 8:57 PM

    As a bills fan I hope cassel can play.there’s nothing worse than the injury bug that has haunted buffalo for so many years.I like our chances even with cassel starting

  9. cornellsteelers says: Sep 4, 2011 8:58 PM

    /Picks up Bills defense on waivers

  10. doe22us says: Sep 4, 2011 8:58 PM

    What a dumb dumb coach who plays their starters that long if any.

  11. macker1283 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:01 PM

    Why are you posting about Matt Cassel missing opening week when its all over the internet right now about Peyton Manning being out most of the year? Talk about a quarterback people actually care about.

  12. scudbot says: Sep 4, 2011 9:03 PM

    Haley, who left his starters in to play through a desperate attempt to beat anybody’s subs after compiling the worst successive preseason records in NFL history, had no comment. However Jim Zorn was available for comment. Zorn complained to reporters that “there’s inadequate time to send in play calls like Ahh, man suck my clip, swallow my bullets and don’t you spit oooooooo, I am da hip hop socialist, life is a gamble and I’m all about my poker chips, do you want a dose of this I will make da most of this. I hate this gig.”

  13. mybuttsayspft says: Sep 4, 2011 9:03 PM

    Todd Haley….Super Genius

  14. beastofeden says: Sep 4, 2011 9:03 PM

    This a messed up situation for the Chiefs. That AFC West is wide open, Can’t wait to see what comes from that division.

  15. steelerhypocrite says: Sep 4, 2011 9:04 PM

    Quick all you fantasy nerds, grab Palko…actually, it will affect J. Charles and D. Bowe’s production.

  16. jbl429 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:04 PM

    didn’t Cassel insist he wasn’t hurt after KC’s last game?

  17. up2highhell says: Sep 4, 2011 9:06 PM

    If he wears a flak jacket he can play even if the rib is broken. This is inexcusable!

  18. captainhindsight123 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:24 PM

    GO BILLS!

  19. macker1283 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:26 PM

    Maybe they should trade for Ryan Mallett, he looks to be the next Patriot’s trade bust.
    ——————-

    Whats funny is that Peester15 actually thinks he is taking some dig at the Patriots here when in reality, he is just proving that the Pats are saavy when it comes to who they trade, and who they dont. Guys they have let leave and chose not to give big contracts to….David Givens, Laurence Maroney, Daniel Graham, Damien Woody, Willie McGinest, Ben Watson, Ellis Hobbs, Lawyer Malloy, Deion Branch. And coming to a theatre near you, Brandon Meriweather. All system stars, all busts when they left New England. Assante Samuels is likely Belichick’s only real regret.

  20. bodde26 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:28 PM

    season tickets for sale

  21. riverhorsey says: Sep 4, 2011 9:33 PM

    Relax freaks, players got hurt in every pre season game this year.

  22. scudbot says: Sep 4, 2011 9:33 PM

    up2highhell, did you see the unimpeded full tilt hit that 355 lb. Howard Green put on him? The screencap shows Green trying to avoid injuring him by keeping some of his weight off Cassel. Nevertheless, that shoulder is *crushed*.

  23. hobartbaker says: Sep 4, 2011 9:34 PM

    The enemy will be quick to exploit this crack in the Cassel wall.

  24. jhorton83 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:51 PM

    You have to admire Tyler Palko’s persistence. He went undrafted in 2007 despite being a hyped college prospect at one point. Toiled away on practice squads of several NFL teams and even spent time in both the UFL and CFL. Now he may get a chance to start a game in the NFL.

  25. haleyistheman00 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:52 PM

    funny cassel wanted to go back in and said he was fine after the game…and what’s with these bills fans didn’t you win like 2 games last year?

  26. bigdawg24 says: Sep 4, 2011 9:53 PM

    Time to trade for Carson Palmer??

    Chief have plenty of cap space.

    Their #1 draft picks suck any ways (See Baldwin, Tyson Jackson)

  27. rxv5854 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:03 PM

    The Bills were going to win anyway but this pretty much ensures it. Feels good to start the season 1-0.

  28. fukallusernamesaretaken says: Sep 4, 2011 10:28 PM

    It was obvious it was a shoulder injury. Players don’t sit because of broken ribs.

  29. chadinkc30 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:31 PM

    “Whats funny is that Peester15 actually thinks he is taking some dig at the Patriots here when in reality, he is just proving that the Pats are saavy when it comes to who they trade, and who they dont. Guys they have let leave and chose not to give big contracts to….David Givens, Laurence Maroney, Daniel Graham, Damien Woody, Willie McGinest, Ben Watson, Ellis Hobbs, Lawyer Malloy, Deion Branch. And coming to a theatre near you, Brandon Meriweather. All system stars, all busts when they left New England. Assante Samuels is likely Belichick’s only real regret.”

    RICHARD SEYMOUR, WITHOUT HIM THE PATRIOTS HAVE WON 0 TITLES! BIG AND BIGGEST REGRET!

  30. jpopejoy says: Sep 4, 2011 10:31 PM

    “Their #1 draft picks suck any ways (See Baldwin, Tyson Jackson)”

    —————–
    Derrick Johnson
    Dwayne Bowe
    Tamba Hali

  31. jpopejoy says: Sep 4, 2011 10:32 PM

    …oh and Eric Berry.

  32. robolundgren says: Sep 4, 2011 10:38 PM

    Jeez, and I thought his past few draft classes were bad ideas..

  33. holdthemayo123 says: Sep 4, 2011 10:46 PM

    Moving Seymour was a good move.. good teams dont fall in love with veterans – they put them out to pasture in the black hole.

  34. mkepackfan says: Sep 4, 2011 10:54 PM

    Todd Hailey let Matt Cassell get smush-smushed

  35. 6250claimer says: Sep 4, 2011 10:55 PM

    Tyler Palko is like Matt Leinart, rubber arm and all.. but without the babes or cash.

  36. mmcdan13 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:29 PM

    Yeah….take that 49ers, Redskins, Bengals, Jaguars, Bills, Seahawks and Browns. You can add one more team in the chase for Andrew Luck.

  37. Soulman45 says: Sep 4, 2011 11:29 PM

    Sound like a 5 win season.

  38. tdrundmc says: Sep 4, 2011 11:35 PM

    the bills still have fans? enjoy last place..again

  39. capslockkey says: Sep 4, 2011 11:39 PM

    /Picks up Bills defense on waivers

    Good luck with that. Worst rushing defense in the league last year going up against the #1 rushing team in the league last year. Matt Cassel wasn’t going to be much of a factor anyway.

  40. tatum064 says: Sep 5, 2011 12:03 AM

    Whats funny is that Peester15 actually thinks he is taking some dig at the Patriots here when in reality, he is just proving that the Pats are saavy when it comes to who they trade, and who they dont. Guys they have let leave and chose not to give big contracts to….David Givens, Laurence Maroney, Daniel Graham, Damien Woody, Willie McGinest, Ben Watson, Ellis Hobbs, Lawyer Malloy, Deion Branch. And coming to a theatre near you, Brandon Meriweather. All system stars, all busts when they left New England. Assante Samuels is likely Belichick’s only real regret.========

    And they still got their a#$ ran out of Foxboro by the Ravens in 2010,

    then the Jets in 2011

    and the Lions knocked them around in pre-season.

    those days are long gone – fortunately they have an automatic in-division 4-0 v. Buffalo and Miami

  41. stairwayto7 says: Sep 5, 2011 12:05 AM

    K.C. was a 5 win team anyhow since Wiess left, now 5 wins is a sure thing!

  42. tatum064 says: Sep 5, 2011 12:06 AM

    holdthemayo123 says:
    Sep 4, 2011 10:46 PM
    Moving Seymour was a good move.. good teams dont fall in love with veterans – they put them out to pasture in the black hole.
    ==============================
    yeah, “we went out to pasture” undefeated in the AFC West. Seymour didnt even play in the final game and they sacked Cassel five times and Palko twice.

    Dont worry, your Patriot SMACK DOWN is coming in Oaktown. Seymour will not allow them to lose that game, if he has to put a little extra smash on Brady, he will.

  43. savannahrose44 says: Sep 5, 2011 2:15 AM

    Dude should call McNabb or Hasslebeck and ask them what they changed their body armor to…They have already tested everything on the market they should steer you right.

  44. sd1024 says: Sep 5, 2011 2:39 AM

    Tyler Palko actually had a damn good preseason. He’s unorthodox but gritty and determined. He’s the type that doesn’t have a huge arm, but can chip away at a defense. Everyone’s gotta start somewhere and if Tyler ever bagged groceries anywhere in between NFL stints, his story would mirror Kurt Warner’s if he had a big game and put the QB job into question. If Cassel isn’t the most secure QB in the league…its a huge opportunity for Palko. I’m rooting for him.

  45. gobills716 says: Sep 5, 2011 2:42 AM

    tdrundmc says:
    Sep 4, 2011 11:35 PM
    the bills still have fans? enjoy last place..again
    ————————————————————
    That’s pretty funny because according to Stub hub there are approximately 500 groups of tickets available for less than $55 (the cheapest ticket for Buffalo’s home opener). There are hundreds of tickets going for less than $10!!!! Seems like the Chiefs is the team lacking fan support, especially coming off a division championship.

  46. renmasters says: Sep 5, 2011 5:41 AM

    It doesn’t help the situation to have to play the Lions at Ford Field in week 2 for their opener. That DLine will be foaming at the mouth.

  47. august1969 says: Sep 5, 2011 7:26 AM

    Calabaloo!

  48. fran021 says: Sep 5, 2011 7:57 AM

    It was either keep Seymour or Wilfolk at the time they let Seymour go. They made the right choice.

  49. mmcdan13 says: Sep 5, 2011 8:25 AM

    Why are Raider fans still hanging their hat on their ‘undefeated afc west’ season? How’d that end for you? Oh yeah, watching everyone else’s playoff games. And that was your BEST season since what, 2002? Hell, I’m looking at it now. It was the first time you won more than 5 games in 9 years! Quit acting like you matter. The rest of us know the only time the Raiders matter is draft day, to see who they’re drafting in the top 5.

  50. imjinbrdgr says: Sep 5, 2011 8:36 AM

    OK that’s 1 down on the list of QB’s knocked out of action by by the Packers.

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