After initially listing Matt Cassel as doubtful, the Kansas City Chiefs have changed that designation to out, the team announced Saturday night.
Cassel did not make the trip to San Diego with the team.
Cassel missed a full week of practices after undergoing emergency appendectomy surgery. He returned to the Chiefs Training Facility on Friday and attended practice, but did not participate in drills.
Earlier this week, head coach Todd Haley indicated that the club’s practice-to-play policy would be in effect for Cassel.
“I think the policy is that you have to have some semblance of practice,” Haley said.
Brodie Croyle will make his first start for the Chiefs since the 2009 season opener.
While I’m not surprised that Cassel is sitting out four days after having surgery, it’s a little curious that he didn’t travel with the team to help out on the sidelines. Wouldn’t Cassel’s experience running this offense be helpful to Brodie Croyle?
Judging by the emails I’ve received, no one is buying that the offense will still be the same with Croyle under center instead of Cassel. But I don’t know that things need to change much considering that Croyle actually has a better arm. If anything we should see more throws down the field since you know it will get there. In fact, my first play from scrimmage would be a play-action with Jamaal Charles before looking for Dwayne Bowe down the sideline.