From Arrowhead Stadium
When Tyler Palko went on the field late in the loss to Denver it wasn’t just a case of the Chiefs making a late change in a game that was decided.
Palko went in because starter Matt Cassel suffered an injury to his right hand/wrist in the fourth quarter.
In the locker room after the game, Cassel’s right hand and wrist were heavily bandaged.
It was all a product of another afternoon here Cassel was battered by the pass rush. He was sacked four times and was hit as he threw or after the throw countless times. Press box statistics listed 12 other quarterback hits in the game.
Both Cassel and head coach Todd Haley said he was injured and that’s why he did not return for the Chiefs last offensive possession. Neither would provide any details of what happened or any type of prognosis for the coming week leading up to next Monday night’s game in New England.
“I couldn’t go back into the game,” Cassel said. “I wanted to go in but was told not to. I was a little banged up. That is what kept me out. The medical staff will evaluate as the week goes on.”
Said Haley: “He was beat up there at the end. He was unable to go physically. We’ll have to see (seriousness of the injury) as the week goes on, but it was physical in nature.”
Will he be ready to face his old team in Foxboro?
“I’m ready to play every day,” Cassel said. “I’ll be ready for Monday night unless told otherwise.”