Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Hand injury sidelines Cassel

Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley fears that Matt Cassel could be out of action for a lengthy spell after the 29-year-old picked up a hand injury during the weekend defeat to the Denver Broncos.

Cassel's injury means that journeyman Tyler Palko is set to stand in for the Chiefs' first-choice quarterback for the foreseeable future. Those looking at the best online American football odds will be wondering what sort of impact this will have on the side.

When asked whether Cassel would not play again this season, Haley responded by saying: "That's a possibility although I wouldn't say it's an absolute.

"There's some optimism, but with each person that varies. Being a quarterback and being the hand he throws with, that's a difficulty."

The Chiefs could sign a new quarterback, but Palko is set to start next Monday night's game against the New England Patriots. He replaced Cassel for their final possession against Denver, completing five of six passes for 47 yards and guiding the Chiefs to a field goal.

“We feel good about Tyler, or he wouldn't be here and he wouldn't be our number two," added Haley. "He's got a great understanding of how our offense works and what his role within it is."

Palko joined the Chiefs last year after being released by the Pittsburgh Steelers. The 28-year-old also played for the Arizona Cardinals and New Orleans Saints earlier in his career.

Meanwhile, the Chiefs have added LB Caleb Campbell to their practice squad. The 27-year-old had a brief spell with the Indianapolis Colts earlier in the season and previously spent three years with the Detroit Lions.

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