While he was less than 100 percent, Chiefs fans and players were encouraged today as starting quarterback Matt Cassel was on the practice field. It was the first time on the practice field for Cassel since injuring his left knee on August 29th, but his status for Sunday’s opener at Baltimore remained unclear.
Cassel, who signed a six-year contract for a guaranteed $28 million, injured his knee on the third play of the third preseason game against Seattle. He was in full uniform Monday and did most of the conditioning drills in the short period the media were permitted to watch. If he does not start at Baltimore, the Chiefs would probably go with Brodie Croyle.
Coach Todd Haley was evasive whether Cassel would play Sunday.
“I think that as the week goes on, we’ll know a little bit more,” said Haley. “We’ll know a little bit more with Matt for sure. But it was good that he was out there. He was able to get through some things. As the week goes on a little further, we’ll know a little more as far as where he’s at.”
Cassel’s backups, Croyle and Tyler Thigpen, were both inconsistent as the Chiefs went 0-4 in Haley’s first preseason as their coach.