Everyone — myself included — has taken a stab at just how long Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel will be out due to the appendectomy he underwent on Wednesday. We have heard everything from a couple days to a couple months with every doctor that has ever performed and every person that has experienced this procedure chiming it.
In the end, what everyone recognizes is that every person will react and recover differently.
What seems to be forgotten in the discussion and the main factor that should discount any comparisons — including Ben Roethlisberger missing 14 days — is a big one: The Haley Factor.
None of the players that are being used as a measuring stick for Cassel have ever played for Chiefs head coach Todd Haley.
Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think Matt Cassel is all of a sudden going to find himself in Haley’s doghouse if this surgery keeps him out for a game or two, but we have seen enough from Haley these two seasons to know that “his guys” will do everything in their power to get back on the field as soon as possible. You’d be hard pressed to find any Chiefs player that fits that profile more than Cassel.
One doctor even told the Kansas City Star such a minimally invasive surgery would allow Cassel to play this weekend depending on his “pain threshold”. Can you imagine Haley’s face if you asked him about that term? My guess is that it does not reside in his vocabulary.
While no one knows if Matt Cassel or Brodie Croyle will line up under center for the Chiefs on Sunday — not even the quarterbacks at this point — we should all recognize that the presence of Haley makes this an unpredictable situation.