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Chiefs likely lose starting QB Matt Cassel for season

November 15, 2011

The Kansas City Chiefs are easily the most schizophrenic team in the NFL. The defending AFC West champs lost their first three games and then won their next four to tie for the division lead. However, now the Chiefs are on a two-game losing streak – although still only a game out of first – and probably won’t have starting quarterback Matt Cassel for the rest of the season.

At his Monday press conference, Chiefs coach Todd Haley revealed that Cassel’s right (throwing) hand injury will require surgery and he may be finished for the 2011 season. For now, Cassel, who was hurt in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to Denver, will not be placed on the injured-reserve list, which would officially end his season.

With Cassel out, backup Tyler Palko, who has seen limited action in his two years with the Chiefs, will start Monday night’s game at New England and remain the starter for the foreseeable future.

“We feel good about Tyler, or he wouldn’t be here and he wouldn’t be our number two,” Haley said. “In his case, there’s not a lot of regular-season action to go on, but I feel like he’s done a great job while he’s been here of developing and getting better.”

Palko was 5-for-6 on the Chiefs’ final drive on Sunday, leading them to a field goal and shot at getting back into the game via an ensuing onside kick. Cassel wound up 13 of 28 for 93 yards and a touchdown as the Chiefs managed 258 yards of offense.

It could be the end of the line for Cassel in K.C. The 29-year-old has struggled this year and is due a $5.25 million base salary in 2012. The Chiefs might look at taking a QB in the first round of next year’s draft.

There’s obviously never a good time to lose your starting QB, but it’s particularly bad timing here as Kansas City is entering a brutal five-game stretch in which they play five games against 2010 playoff teams, including Super Bowl participants Green Bay and Pittsburgh. It starts Monday night at New England.

by Wagerweb

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Tuesday, November 15th, 2011 NFL Betting 2011

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