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08:07 AM ET 09.05 | Of course, it wouldn't be the first time a team's initial injury report had to be updated with new information. The Chiefs said Matt Cassel had nothing more than the wind knocked out of him when he left their final preseason game Thursday against Green Bay. ... It turns out Cassel has more than that. He has a rib injury that could prevent him from playing in Sunday's regular-season opener against Buffalo at Arrowhead Stadium. If Cassel can't play against the Bills, Tyler Palko is the likely starting quarterback. Palko has bounced around with several NFL teams but has never started a regular-season game. A source close to the situation said Chiefs coach Todd Haley told Palko after Thursday's game, "You'd better be ready to play Sunday."

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September 5, 2011  08:27 AM ET

Wow, this is a change of pace, hope he knows how to hand off left, hand off right. lol.

September 5, 2011  08:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Wow, this is a change of pace, hope he knows how to hand off left, hand off right. lol.

Vs. Buffalo, in Arrowhead...they may just be able to get away w/the "Charles-cat", and use a direct snap, for most of the game.

September 5, 2011  08:46 AM ET

Doesn't matter who starts against Buffalo; the outcome will still be the same.

September 5, 2011  09:01 AM ET
QUOTE(#4):

Doesn't matter who starts against Buffalo; the outcome will still be the same.

After watching the Chiefs this preseason.... I'd probably pick Buffalo for this one.

September 5, 2011  09:03 AM ET

This isn't a Cutler situation...he'll man up and play

September 5, 2011  09:23 AM ET

Something tells me the Chiefs are going to be forced into a lot of not good stuff this year.
Reality is about to hit.

September 5, 2011  09:59 AM ET
QUOTE:

who's Bilko?

Shane Falco!

September 5, 2011  10:08 AM ET
QUOTE:

who's Bilko?

You mean Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko from Fort Baxter?

September 5, 2011  10:09 AM ET

That's too bad.




Heh, heh, heh!

September 5, 2011  10:26 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

Something tells me the Chiefs are going to be forced into a lot of not good stuff this year. Reality is about to hit.

Yep... to the tune of about 6-10 the way I see it.

September 5, 2011  10:32 AM ET
QUOTE(#13):

Yep... to the tune of about 6-10 the way I see it.

the schedule system gives and it taketh away.

September 5, 2011  11:49 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

You mean Master Sergeant Ernest G. Bilko from Fort Baxter?

I'm waiting to see what position Private Doberman plays.

September 5, 2011  12:41 PM ET

Cassel could probably use Brian Waters to help protect him.

September 5, 2011  12:53 PM ET
QUOTE(#6):

This isn't a Cutler situation...he'll man up and play

OUCH!

September 5, 2011  01:11 PM ET

I was at the game and this is completely a bonehead move by Haley. He had Cassel in the game well into the 3rd quarter even though Green Bay had their starters out after the first possession. I know Haley probably wanted to spark a stagnant offense but still a stupid decision. And he didn't make any extra friends in a game where he went for a fake punt, an onside kick, and several fourth down conversions in a meaningless game.

September 5, 2011  03:00 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Cassel could probably use Brian Waters to help protect him.

Better believe it

September 5, 2011  04:11 PM ET

Deja vu.....when Brady went down Cassel took over even though he hadn't started a game since high school. Now Cassel is down and Palco get his chance to start. Hope he does as well for the Chiefs as Cassel did for the Pats. Good Luck, Palco.

September 5, 2011  04:18 PM ET

This is what happens when you have your starter play preseason game #4, instead of preseason game #3. It is all Todd Haley's fault.

September 5, 2011  04:39 PM ET

I think we have our selves a cunundrum here on Fannation!!!!! Let us all take a humble bow and begin again in the troubled worlds of NFL Football!!!!!!

 
September 5, 2011  04:42 PM ET
QUOTE(#21):

This is what happens when you have your starter play preseason game #4, instead of preseason game #3. It is all Todd Haley's fault.

Yes indeed!!!!

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