Bumps & Bruises Dominate Post-Game

From Lambeau Field, Green Bay, Wisconsin

There’s one reason most teams do not play their starters for many minutes – if at all – in the final pre-season game. It’s one word – injuries.

Thursday night, Todd Haley decided to gamble. In a continuation of his approach to the pre-season that came without an off-season, Haley went for the whole bundle in Game No. 4. Starters and key contributors saw the most playing time of the four games.

And there were some injuries that came out of it, and all at times when ordinarily those players would not be in the game.

At the top of the list was starting QB Matt Cassel, who was injured with 8 minutes, 50 seconds to play in the second quarter. Packers starter Aaron Rodgers took his last snap with 7:24 to play in the first quarter. Cassel ended up getting sacked by 340-pound DT Howard Green. All 340 of those pounds landed on Cassel and his right shoulder. Afterwards, he said he just had the wind knocked out of him. If that’s all that happened, then he was a lucky man.

“He wanted to go back in,” Haley said of Cassel. “He was scheduled to play more, but it seemed the right move to sit him down for the rest of the night.”

Earlier in the first half, starting TE Tony Moeaki caught a pass on the sideline and went sliding out of bounds and suffered a left knee injury. That much information from the Chiefs in the pre-season was quite an upset.

In the second half, RT Barry Richardson and SS Eric Berry both left the game and did not return. Berry was off the field for almost the whole third quarter, coming back on the field at the start of the final period. That’s frequently a sign of waiting to visit the x-ray room. There was no word on his problem. The Chiefs said Richardson suffered a left leg injury.

And there were some moments Thursday night that caused Haley and his staff some worries. QB Matt Cassel, TE Tony Moeaki and RT Barry Richardson all left the game with injuries. None appeared to be serious, but they will provide some anxious moments in the preparation and run up to the opener.

9 Responses to “Bumps & Bruises Dominate Post-Game”

  • September 2, 2011  - No Victory, But Much Better Performance By Chiefs | Chiefs Football at BobGretz.com says:

    [...] SIDEBAR – Injuries up with more time for starters. [...]

  • September 2, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Gaither looked pretty good considering his time off and limited practice time. RT will be a position to keep an eye on. I wouldn’t be surprised if Gaither takes over.

    If Cassel’s right shoulder isn’t injured, he’s a very, very lucky/tough/strong guy. That had “shoulder separation” written all over it.

    Moeaki is one fragile guy. The Chiefs may need to keep Slate handy.

  • September 2, 2011  - MikeO says:

    I’m sure there were alot of fans shouting at their tv’s WTF? After Charles limped off I’d pulled all the starters. Haley jeopardized our season over a pre season game. Stupid!

  • September 2, 2011  - Leo says:

    MikeO, you are an idiot. Injuries can happen at any time. The argument of holding them out, or playing them will always be there. However, if the didn’t play, you would say they need the work. It is a no win situation. What is the difference if they get injured now, or in the 1st qtr on the 11th.

  • September 3, 2011  - TDKC says:

    MikeO I yelled at my TV several times to get the starters out. The Onside kick should have been the last gamble of the game. Just not a deep enough team to survive this schedule with backups.

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