Darling “Likely”Has Torn ACL, Cassel Sprained MCL And Ankle

While we wait to hear official word from the Chiefs (it could be a while) on the injuries to quarterback Matt Cassel, cornerback Brandon Flowers and wide receiver Devard Darling, reports are starting to float around about the severity of their injuries.MattCasselInjury

According to Mike Florio of PFT, Darling “likely” suffered a torn ACL.

The injury is expected to end his season before it began.  Darling appeared in 16 games for the Chiefs last season, starting nine of them.

Darling had been listed as a starting wide receiver on the Chiefs “unofficial” depth chart.

Florio also reported that Cassel’s injury is rumored to be a sprained MCL and ankle.

Wow.  Heading into Saturday’s game, we were talking about how lucky the Chiefs have been in regards to injuries.  And then in a half of football three starters go down with one of them out for the season.

If the rumors about Cassel’s injury are correct then he could very well be back taking snaps Thursday night against St. Louis.  More likely, even if Cassel’s sprains are both the most minor grade I have to image he won’t see action until Week 1 in Baltimore.  If either of the sprains are more severe, then he could miss time at the beginning of the season.

What do both of these injuries mean for cuts?  I have to imagine both Croyle and Thigpen will stick around now since they are more familiar with the offense, even after Thigpen’s less-than-stellar performance Saturday night.  It also should end any speculation about the Chiefs holding onto both Amani Toomer and Bobby Engram.  With the problems on offense in the preseason, I just can’t imagine Todd Haley going with too many unproven commodities.

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