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.

50 responses to “Report: Cassel could miss opener with rib injury

  1. 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.

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.”

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

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

  7. 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*.

  8. 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.

  9. 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?

  10. “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!

  11. /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.

  12. 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

  13. 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.
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    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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. tdrundmc says:
    Sep 4, 2011 11:35 PM
    the bills still have fans? enjoy last place..again
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    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.

  17. 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.

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