Chiefs/Cassel Update – 11/16

From the Truman Sports Complex

The Chiefs went through a 90-minute walk-through practice Wednesday afternoon inside their training facility.

With an extra day of preparation for the upcoming Monday night trip to play the Patriots in New England, head coach Todd Haley decided to use the time for mental preparation more than physical.

There’s a lot to prepare for with the Patriots, who under head coach Bill Belichick are known for using multiple schemes and changing all the time. There is no way to prepare for everything New England might do, but it requires some extra time.

As for injured QB Matt Cassel, Haley told the media Wednesday that “everything went really well” with the surgery on Cassel’s right hand that was done on Monday, and he did not rule the QB out for the rest of the season. “If there’s a chance we could have him back we’d be all in on that,” Haley said. “We need to do what’s best for the team and for him.

“We are just giving it as much time as we can to see where he is as we make decisions. There’s potential (he can return) but that depends on this first week.”

Haley did say that while Cassel’s injury was “pretty severe” there should be no lasting consequences for the quarterback. “It’s not something that will affect his career in any way but it will definitely affect this year,” Haley said. “He’s out for this week … we haven’t made any moves yet as far as a decision on Matt this season.”

The tone of what Haley said about Cassel indicated that they team will probably wait until next week if they are going to make a roster move involving the quarterback.

7 Responses to “Chiefs/Cassel Update – 11/16”

  • November 16, 2011  - Josh says:

    Best of luck to Cassel. Maybe the surgery will increase his accuracy, like Brees’ surgery increased his arm strength.

  • November 16, 2011  - Chuck says:

    Hope he has a full 100% recovery. He’s the best we got so got to get behind him.

  • November 16, 2011  - Michael says:

    Will be out four to six weeks, this is not appendicitis. Which means he is done for the season. Why would anyone play him the last couple of weeks in the season. As painful as it is to say, put him on IR and let him return with the rest of the number one’s.

    Playoffs are out; there are a lot of games let in the west, if anything lets just make life miserable for the faders, bolts, and donkeys.

  • November 16, 2011  - Michael says:

    P.S. Hope for a speedy and successful recovery/rehab. Next year has tons of potential.

  • November 16, 2011  - ED J says:

    Coach speak mike he not playing anymore this season. My expectations is Palko play will be up and down mostly down. Stanzi will play last 3 games of season. Also Bob will you ask Haley would he consider changing Right tackle and starting Gaither because seriously if Richardson remains in there protecting Palko blindside we’re going watch this kid with much smaller frame than Cassel get roasted. I mean I feel for this kids safety with Barry trying to protect his blindside.

  • November 16, 2011  - el cid says:

    I think there is the potential for a real surprise with the Chiefs. Is Haley/Muir real quality coaches? Then they jump out of the box with their gameplanning. Denver did it to us last sunday, when Thigpen was pressed into service the game plan tried to fit his ability.

    If Haley/Muir try to fit Palko into the Cassel mode of QBing, they are bad coaches and do not deserve the title.

  • November 17, 2011  - Niblick says:

    el cid-I totally agreee. Remember when Gailey built an offense to fit Thigpen. We only won one game but at least we were competetive. I’m not sure they will do that with Palko, but I hope they do. I’m not exactly sure what they might do. I guess more rollouts and more of a short passing game. I know he’s a fumbler but we may be forced to use McCluster more in space. We need more speed out of the backfield. Just a few thoughts. There may be other changes we make. Give Gaither a shot a right tackle.

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