Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel has what head coach Todd Haley termed as a “significant” hand injury that will keep him out of next Monday night’s game against the New England Patriots and could end his 2011 season, Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star reports.
Tyler Palko, who replaced Cassel on Sunday, will be the team’s starting quarterback for the foreseeable future.
Cassel struggled in Sunday’s 17-10 loss to the Denver Broncos, going 13-of-28 for 93 yards and a touchdown before leaving the game after he was sacked by Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller with under four minutes to play in the game. Palko was 5-of-6 for 47 yards in his second appearance of the season.
Palko has never started an NFL game, nor has his backup, 2011 fifth-round pick Ricky Stanzi. It’s possible that the Chiefs will look to bring in a veteran, perhaps a player like Brodie Croyle, who started one game for the Chiefs in 2010.