Anyone calling for Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel to head to the bench will get their wish. Head coach Todd Haley announced on Monday that Cassel has a serious hand injury that will require surgery. The veteran’s season is in doubt.
As the Chiefs get ready to kick off the most difficult stretch of their season and nursing a two-game losing streak, Tyler Palko will be the starting quarterback for Kansas City.
Filling in for the injured Cassel at the end of the Chiefs 17-10 loss to the Broncos Palko was 5-of-6 for 47 yards and setup a Ryan Succop field goal. While he was able to move the ball easily down the field, Palko didn’t face any of the blitzes that ended up knocking Cassel out of the game.
It appeared Cassel hurt his hand after left tackle missed a cut block on Denver rookie LB Von Miller. Miller went on to hit Cassel with a full head of steam and the quarterback picked himself up off the ground slowly while looking at his hand. At the conclusion of the drive, Cassel was unable to unbuckle his helmet with his right hand and left the stadium after the game with a cast.
If this stretch against the Patriots, Steelers, Bears, Jets and Packers is Haley’s last stand he will go into it without Tony Moeaki, Eric Berry, Jamaal Charles and Matt Cassel.