Cassel Was “Full Participant” In Practice

From the Truman Sports Complex

Todd Haley said his starting quarterback was a “full participant” in the team’s Monday afternoon practice.

“He was out there, he practiced, he was moving around,” Haley said. “I thought he did a good job.”

Haley did not comment or acknowledge Cassel’s rib injury that he suffered last Thursday night in Green Bay. But there was no question that in his tone and the way he answered questions, the head coach was happy that his QB was able to do as much as he could in the workout.

That’s right down to the fact he said Cassel was a “full participant.” Ordinarily, that would be information Haley wouldn’t provide the media, especially since the NFL’s official practice/injury info does not begin until Wednesday. “Because I’m so nice, he was a full practicer today,” Haley said with a smile.

Cassel was a no show in the period where the locker room was open to the media after practice, but backup QB Tyler Palko (right) said Cassel took a normal practice turn. “It was a normal practice,” he said.

When asked if he was told by the coaches to be ready to start against Buffalo, Palko said “I was not told anything. I never heard anything like that.

“That’s the job of a backup, you’ve got to be ready to play at any time,” Palko added. “That goes without saying.”

While the second guessing is out there as far as how Haley handled the playing time for his starters and especially Cassel in the fourth and final pre-season game. Traditionally, that’s a time when few starting QBs especially play beyond the first series, if they play at all. Cassel was on the field for 26 snaps against Green Bay and was scheduled to play even more before Packers DL Howard Green’s 340 pounds belly-flopped on him for a sack.

“Injuries are going to occur, it’s a tough part of the business; show me a preseason where that didn’t happen,” Haley said.

If Cassel cannot play on Sunday against Buffalo, Palko will get the start. Haley said the journeyman out of Pitt “made significant progress” in the pre-season games and is ready if the opportunity calls for him to play.

Palko said “it’s full speed ahead right now with Matt.”

“If my number is called I will be ready to go,” Palko added.

3 Responses to “Cassel Was “Full Participant” In Practice”

  • September 5, 2011  - cychief24 says:

    Thank the football gods!

  • September 5, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Bob; Can you get us any “inside info” on Cassel this week???? Here’s my thought on Haleys comment. If his lips are moving he’s probably lying. I think he’s a master at B.S.

  • September 5, 2011  - Niblick says:

    It certainly is unusual for Haley to comment on a player who has an injury that was reported by the media. It will be interesting on Wednesday how is designated. The league is very firm that youhave to report an injured player and his practice status. I sure hope he was honest in his comments today.

Get the Flash Player to see the slideshow.


Other News