Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel might miss the rest of the season after undergoing surgery on his right hand on Monday night, but coach Todd Haley isn’t ready to count him out just yet.
Haley spoke to reporters Wednesday and, to the surprise of no one who has ever heard a report about an athlete’s surgery, said that the operation went “really well.” Perhaps that’s why Haley and the Chiefs aren’t ready to pull the plug on the possibility of Cassel’s return just yet.
“We’re just giving as much time as we can to see where he is and, as we make decisions, we’re going to let you know,” Haley said, via Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star. “But we have not done anything with Matt yet, as far as his status.”
Haley said that the next week will be crucial to deciding whether or not Cassel returns to the team this season. The assumption is that he means Cassel’s recovery from surgery, but it also bears watching what the Chiefs do with Tyler Palko under center.
With games at New England and against Pittsburgh in the next two weeks, it doesn’t take much to see the Chiefs suddenly sitting at 4-7 with very limited chances of making the playoffs. It would be hard to imagine the team risking Cassel’s long-term health under those circumstances, especially since Kansas City’s offense wasn’t exactly cooking of late.