Wednesday 12/8 Practice Report-Cassel Update

From the Truman Sports Complex

Todd Haley said Wednesday that starting QB Matt Cassel was not at practice because of an “illness.”

“He’s on the practice report as illness and we’ll take it from there,” said Haley, who would not provide a timetable of when he expects Cassel to practice, or even whether his illness will allow him to play on Sunday in San Diego.

Haley also said it was “a coincidence” that Cassel was missing on the same day that QB Tyler Palko was promoted from the practice squad. “We had to make a move in another area and we had the chance to move somebody up and that determination was made. It’s actually a total coincidence, it really is.”

Cassel’s absence gave all the No. 1 offensive practice reps to backup Brodie Croyle.

“I got some reps; I’ve got to be ready to go at any time,” said Croyle, who has not taken a game snap since the pre-season. “I’m going to prepare like I always do and if my number is called I have to be ready. It’s no different than any other week.”

Croyle said he found out he was working with the first offense when the unit went out for a walkthrough session before the start of practice.

“It was when we started in the walkthrough that I found out I would be taking the snaps today,” Croyle said.

In a typical practice week where Cassel is healthy, Croyle said he would average between 10 and 12 plays with the first-team offense over the week.

“You have to prepare for that moment, you never know when it is coming, so you always have to be mentally ready to go,” said Croyle. “Getting reps, getting no reps, as the backup you have to be ready to go in both situations.”

The Chiefs kicked off the week of preparation for their trip to San Diego with some roster moves. Palko was moved up to the 53-man active roster and in order to make room for him, the Chiefs sent CB Jackie Bates to the injured reserve list. To fill the spot on the practice squad that came open with Palko’s promotion they signed LB Micah Johnson.

As far as the practice report issued by the Chiefs, they had Cassel (illness) and S Donald Washington (ankle) listed as did not participate, with F Kendrick Lewis (anklle) listed as a limited participant.

Palko has been on the active roster with both Pittsburgh and New Orleans in previous years, but has not played in a regular-season game. The 6-1, 215-pound Pennsylvania native played his college football at the University of Pittsburgh.

Bates suffered a left knee injury in the November 28th game at Seattle. It was the first start of his young career that day, replacing the injured Brandon Flowers.

Johnson, 6-2, 258 pounds, played in one game earlier this season with Miami and also spent time on the Dolphins practice squad. He came into the NFL as an undrafted rookie free agent with the New York Giants. At the University of Kentucky, Johnson played in 48 games with 25 starts for the Wildcats. In Wednesday’s practice, Johnson was working with the inside linebackers.

8 Responses to “Wednesday 12/8 Practice Report-Cassel Update”

  • December 8, 2010  - el cid says:

    Psssst, pass it on, Palko on roster PROBABLY does not mean anything. It is a secret anyway.

  • December 8, 2010  - napahank says:

    I too am concerned with the coincidence of Cassel not at practice and Palko coming up.

    Normally, Palko coming up to the 53 at this point makes sense as you have to be fully QB prepared for the stretch run and, with Brodie injury prone, only two QB’s is risky when you are in contention.

    Also, wouldn’t this be the time of year that failing teams are looking to pluck QB’s off practice squads for tryouts for the 2011 season?

  • December 8, 2010  - Johannes says:

    They can go ahead and pluck Palko..
    I just hope Cassel is good to go!

  • December 8, 2010  - Rick says:

    I don’t like the idea of playing in San Diego with Brokie Croyle in the 1st half and Palko in the 2nd.


  • December 8, 2010  - Kiowa says:

    Run Charles Ruuuuuuuuuun!!!

  • December 8, 2010  - jim says:

    The biggest move in all this was picking up Johnson. The guy is a stud and can make a difference if he’s coached up right. And he will be. Not sure how soon in rotation, but he should be a heat seeking missel on ST.

    I liked him a bunch coming out of KY.

    Cassell will not start Sunday unless he’s actually really IS superman.

  • December 8, 2010  - Michael says:

    You guys are going to think I’m totally weird (or weirder, as the case may be), but I had a dream that Croyle started against SD for an injured Cassel (who was not really seriously injured so that he would miss more than a game or two-it’s my dream, so of course), and Croyle played quite well and led the Chiefs to victory. Just now when I pulled up the Gretz site is the first I heard Cassel had the appendectomy. A GOOD OMEN, I HOPE!
    As long as Croyle gets the ball out quick, or they move him around and roll him out and make sure he’s got the dump-off outlets always availablem he should be ok. He made it through the Baltimore game last year-keep your fingers crossed.

    I also watched M.Johnson a lot while he was playing at Kentucky, and I, too, thought he could be pretty decent in the NFL as a run-stopping inside linebacker. Not a bad pick up for the PS.

  • December 8, 2010  - Edward says:

    I just hope Cassel can get healthy and be ready to go. If not Croyle needs to stay healthy and not turn the ball over.

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