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Matt Cassel heading to injured reserve

Kansas City's Cassel lets fly a pass as he is hit by Denver's Harris in Kansas City, Missouri Reuters

Jay Cutler may return in the regular season. The Texans haven’t given up hope just yet on Matt Schaub.

The Chiefs, on the other hand, will not get another snap from their starting quarterback this season.

Mike Reiss of ESPNBoston.com reports via a league source that the Chiefs will place Matt Cassel on injured reserve Monday before the team faces the Patriots. Wide receiver Jeremy Horne will be activated from the team’s practice squad.

The Chiefs are in a tough spot with Cassel. He’s proven to be an average starting quarterback, but he’s paid like a superstar. Their ceiling seems limited with him, yet it’s not like they have alternatives to replace him.

Cassel’s contract was structured in a way that he made a lot of money the last three years, and his base salary actually dips in 2012 to $5.25 million.  We’d fully expect the Chiefs to retain Cassel, but perhaps draft or sign an alternative.

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22 Responses to “Matt Cassel heading to injured reserve”
  1. turdfurgerson68 says: Nov 21, 2011 5:36 PM

    Tough break…see ya in 2012!

  2. wtfchiefs says: Nov 21, 2011 5:38 PM

    Calling Cassel “average” is being very nice!!

  3. kcfanatic says: Nov 21, 2011 5:45 PM

    He is a very competitive, hard working guy. He is very likeable when you watch him hustle. The problem is…he’s just not that good. Some of his throws are so off target. I wish he was better, but he is not. It is time to move on. On the bright side KC only gave up a second round pick for him.

  4. forthelove says: Nov 21, 2011 5:54 PM

    With Cassel and Cutler out the Raiders should be able to finish 10-6 this year – Chicago, Miami, Green Bay, Detroit, KC, and SD left on the schedule. The way Miami’s playing, they’re no gimme right now, but the Raiders should be able to get at least one win out of Miami and Detroit games and also beat Chicago, KC, and SD.

    I would rather everyone be healthy, but injuries are part of the game, and the Raiders have managed well losing Campbell, McFadden, Seymour, Ford, and Heyward-Bey at various times to injuries.

  5. luck2kc says: Nov 21, 2011 5:54 PM

    RG3? Barkley? Jones? I’d take a good look at any of those 3 guys before the draft. Luck is already getting his jersey printed in Indianapolis, so that’s out of the question, but any of those other three guys would be worth a good hard look.

    On a bright note, the Chiefs seemed primed to land a top 5 pick, being as though they will not sniff another win this year with Palko at the helm. 4-12 should be good for a top 5, and we know Carolina and St. Louis won’t pick a QB, so KC should get a good look at the aforementioned guys.

  6. thefnlimit says: Nov 21, 2011 5:54 PM

    Matt Cassel heading for a restructured deal and back up next year.

  7. jbaxt says: Nov 21, 2011 5:58 PM

    Cassel sucks… Pioli took a 63 million dollar “flier” on him and he’s failed. I’m not saying Cassel has the best line in front of him but I think 9 out of 10 QB’s would be happy to take the weapons that include; Bowe, Breaston, and Baldwin(a healthy Charles and Moeaki makes this group a top 5 weapon group in the entire league). Cassel simply doesn’thave the arm for the throws needs over 20 yards so defenses can really cheat on Cassel’s play. That said, Clark Hunt needs a slap too. 30 million under the cap man, what they hell is that? That 30 million would get you a stud LT, a stud LB, and a stud DT. Sure the injuries to Berry, Charles and Moeaki are huge but none of those matter if you don’t have good line play. Dorsey and Jackson are top 5 picks and neither are anything but rotation guys that are made up of 4th-7th round picks on other teams. Now we have to take a good young nucleaus of guys and bring in a an unknown draft pick. Unless you think you’re going to get someone like Brees which would be the typical Chief way, take a, expensive vet and hope he gets you to the promise land in 2-3 years.

  8. nflfollower says: Nov 21, 2011 6:05 PM

    He’d be a very capable backup, but for those who think he’ll be a backup next year….. Who will start right away for the Chiefs? They’ve won too many games to draft Luck, and probably too many already to draft Barkley.

    I’ve always felt if you want to bench somebody and publicly say so, you might as well mention who will be the new starter.

  9. vols84 says: Nov 21, 2011 6:12 PM

    I want RG3 or Matt Barkley here in KC. But that would not be the “Patriot-Way” so Pioloi will probably pass on a QB.

  10. txxxchief says: Nov 21, 2011 6:16 PM

    Cassel’s best play of the season.

  11. hieveryone12345 says: Nov 21, 2011 6:36 PM

    Can’t wait for this monday night football game lol or the next sunday night game… how the heck did the chiefs get so many primetime games? didn’t the league know last year was a fluke for them?

  12. commandercornpone says: Nov 21, 2011 6:37 PM

    raiders more like 8-8. they will beat kc in the return match and the bears this weekend. no other gimmes out there.

    at green bay? detroit anywhere? at miami? forget it. and san diego in the closer? spoiler alert, if not already totally spoiled.

  13. wegonnadoitbaby says: Nov 21, 2011 6:48 PM

    I think the upside on RG3 and Barkley are better than Luck, at least on an immediate impact for a team in the NFL.. If they are marginally successful on a bad team get the anointment oil ready. ( See Cam Newton)If Luck plays immediately and does not go to the playoffs he will take unwarranted criticism. Both RG3 and Barkley have better arms. Period. The best thing that could happen to Luck is go to Indy, sit for a year or two under Peyton’s tutelage…and then begin when the ridiculous hype has ended. Assuming Peyton can come back.

    So don’t fret KC…likely Barkley or RG3 will be there. Hopefully Haley has showered and saved by then. I hear RG3 went to the National Championship in Toss Across. It was on ESPN Ocho, but a great watch nonetheless.
    ( Unauthorized Dodgeball reference)

  14. jimmysee says: Nov 21, 2011 7:05 PM

    Chiefs should take a long look at that guy playing QB at Wisconsin.

  15. wegonnadoitbaby says: Nov 21, 2011 7:18 PM

    immysee says: Nov 21, 2011 7:05 PM

    Chiefs should take a long look at that guy playing QB at Wisconsin.
    ——————————————————Russell Wilson…not expected to go until the 5th round…short 5’11 and some questions about arm strength…Could be a Flutie Find though…Guy wins everywhere..NC State and Wisconsin. NOT a first round pick though.

  16. johnjen32 says: Nov 21, 2011 8:06 PM

    End of their season and Todd Haleys tenure at Kansas city.

  17. bozosforall says: Nov 21, 2011 8:57 PM

    wegonnadoitbaby says:
    Nov 21, 2011 7:18 PM
    immysee says: Nov 21, 2011 7:05 PM

    Chiefs should take a long look at that guy playing QB at Wisconsin.
    ——————————————————
    Russell Wilson…not expected to go until the 5th round…short 5’11 and some questions about arm strength…Could be a Flutie Find though…Guy wins everywhere..NC State and Wisconsin. NOT a first round pick though.

    ___
    jimmysee is dreaming if he thinks that Russell the Midget will be anything more than an NFL backup. Maybe the Packers can take him once Matt Flynn bolts for greener pastures once his rookie contract expires this season.

  18. bozosforall says: Nov 21, 2011 8:59 PM

    commandercornpone says:
    Nov 21, 2011 6:37 PM
    raiders more like 8-8. they will beat kc in the return match and the bears this weekend. no other gimmes out there.

    at green bay? detroit anywhere? at miami? forget it. and san diego in the closer? spoiler alert, if not already totally spoiled.

    __
    Raiders will be much better than 8-8, cumundercornhole.

  19. gosuhgo says: Nov 21, 2011 9:51 PM

    The Raiders will not beat Detroit. It just won’t happen. Nothing about the Raiders says they’ll beat the Lions, or finish 10-6.

  20. whatwouldlombardido says: Nov 21, 2011 11:26 PM

    RGIII is a junior. No guarantees he’s coming out in ’12.

  21. dino2997 says: Nov 22, 2011 1:38 AM

    What’s funny to me is the Raiders fans assume they will beat Chicago this Sunday. You just barely beat a below average Vikings team with Adrian Peterson knocked out led by a rookie QB. It wouldn’t shock me in the least if a far more physical and disciplined Bears team goes in there and beats the Raiders.

    With that being said the Raiders seem to be the best of a very bad division but this will be an 8-8 division champ.

  22. tatum064 says: Nov 22, 2011 2:18 AM

    commandercornpone says:
    Nov 21, 2011 6:37 PM
    raiders more like 8-8. they will beat kc in the return match and the bears this weekend. no other gimmes out there.

    at green bay? detroit anywhere? at miami? forget it. and san diego in the closer? spoiler alert, if not already totally spoiled.
    ==================================
    gosuhgo says:
    Nov 21, 2011 9:51 PM
    Nothing about the Raiders says they’ll beat the Lions, or finish 10-6.

    =============================
    If McFadden comes back to full strength, they’ll run the table (other than Green Bay). DMC is that good, and their pass rush is better than a lot of people think. The only thing standing in their way…is themselves. They match up with ANY team in the NFL.

    Done.

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