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Posted on: December 19, 2010 12:02 pm

Matt Cassel is active today

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

Eleven days after undergoing an appendectomy, Chiefs QB Matt Cassel is active today for Kansas City in its contest vs. the Rams, though it’s still unclear whether he’ll start.

Assuming Cassel does, in fact, take the field, this gives the Chiefs a much better chance to win in St. Louis and maintain a one-game lead against the Chargers in the AFC West.

You’ll probably recall that backup Brodie Croyle has been horrendous as an NFL starter, going 0-10 in his career when he’s the first quarterback on the field.

Considering Cassel has performed much better as of late, Kansas City would much prefer to use him instead of Croyle. But you still have to wonder how effective Cassel will be two weeks after he underwent surgery.

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Posted on: December 14, 2010 12:26 pm

Will Chiefs have their desperately needed Cassel?

Posted by Andy Benoit

When making a case for Matt Cassel as a 2010 Pro Bowler, you can mention his 23-4 touchdown-to-interception ratio. You can cite his sterling 68.8 completion percentage. Or, you can just say the words “Brodie Croyle”.
M.Cassel (US Presswire)
We saw how good Cassel has been this season by seeing just how bad the Chiefs offense was without him Sunday. With Cassel out of the lineup after undergoing an appendectomy in the middle of the week, San Diego held Kansas City to 19 net yards passing and five first downs.

Cassel’s return is vital. The Chiefs are just a game up on the Chargers in the AFC West. If the Chargers win out and the Chiefs finish 2-1, tiebreakers would give the division crown to San Diego. Don’t think this doesn’t factor into the decision of whether Cassel plays this week against the Rams. At this point, his status is up in the air.

“I honestly can’t say,” Cassel told the Kansas City Star regarding his recovery process. “They just said day-to-day. It’s all about reviewing it each and every day, seeing my progress and how I feel, everything like that. I don’t think it’s anything set in stone.”
Cassel is preparing this week as if he’s playing (sort of…it’s doubtful he’ll take a full slate of practice reps). If he’s unable to go, Croyle will once again get the call.

“I have the utmost confidence in our players, in Brodie,” Todd Haley said. “He’s disappointed because he’s worked awfully hard.

“Of all the players on our team, the backup quarterback is the one that really hasn’t gotten to play much at all. So he got an opportunity, and I know he wanted it to go better. But make no mistake, it was (the fault of) an 11-man offensive operation and it was not Brodie Croyle. That was not the difference. It didn’t matter who was in there (at quarterback). The result was not going to be good.”

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Posted on: December 13, 2010 4:34 pm

Hot Routes 12.13.10 box score tidbits Week 14

Hot Routes

Posted by Andy Benoit

Ryan Torain ripped off 172 yards against a Bucs front seven that had major problems getting off blocks early on.

Thanks to a 64-yard reception, Bucs rookie wideout Arrelious Benn had his first 100-yard game as a pro (122, to be exact). In fact, Benn’s previous high was 53 yards.

The Browns ran nine plays on their opening field goal drive against the Bills but just 37 plays the rest of the game.

The Packers were 2/12 on third down and 0/1 in the red zone at Detroit.

Though no player had more than 51 yards rushing for Detroit, the Lions still racked up 190 yards on the ground.

Hines Ward had his best outing since Week 7, catching eight passes for 115 yards against Cincinnati.

In addition to an interception returned for a touchdown, LaMarr Woodley had two sacks and two tackles for a loss.

Michael Turner rushed for over 100 yards for the third time in four weeks. The Falcons running back is getting stronger as the season wears on.

Kroy Biermann and John Abraham both had two sacks against the Panthers.

The Raiders and Jaguars combined for 387 yards rushing. Three players – Darren McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew and Rashad Jennings – went over the century mark.

Jaguars tight end Marcedes Lewis had four catches for an important 57 yards. He also scored his career-high ninth touchdown.

The Rams were just 1/4 in the red zone against the Saints. (Unless you count Sam Bradford’s pick-six to Malcom Jenkins as a score.)

Pretty simple what happened in San Francisco: Niners zero turnovers, Seahawks five.

Brian Westbrook had 87 yards on six receptions.

The Patriots recorded 27 first downs at Chicago.

Perhaps the only Bears defender who played well was Brian Urlacher. He had 11 tackles (three for a loss), a sack and three pass breakups.

Chad Henne’s 5/18 performance was the lowest completion percentage that a winning Dolphins quarterback has had since 1980.

Dolphins punter Brandon Fields had 10 punts for 564 yards.

More special teams notes: Cardinals kicker Jay Feely was 5/6 on field goals.

Part of the reason the Cardinals-Broncos game took forever to end: Kyle Orton 19/41; John Skelton 15/37.

The Chargers had 25 first downs, which was 20 more than the Chiefs had.

Brodie Croyle probably isn’t the answer: Kansas City finished the game with 19 total yards passing.

Antoine Cason took over as the punt returner for San Diego. He averaged 15.2 yards per return with a long of 42.

The Eagles held Miles Austin and Roy Williams to a combined four catches for 45 yards.

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Posted on: December 12, 2010 11:42 am
Edited on: December 12, 2010 11:45 am

AFC Inactives, Week 14

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

First, the players who ARE active today: Bengals TE Jermaine Gresham, Raiders CB Nnamdi Asomugha, Jaguars WR Mike Sims-Walker,

And those who are NOT active:

Matt Cassel, QB, Chiefs:
This is not surprising, considering he had a mid-week appendectomy. Though the team originally gave the impression Cassel could play this week, there was never a chance he would be healthy enough. Brodie Croyle will get the start in his place.

Johnathan Joseph, CB, Bengals: There was some hope that Joseph – who’s been battling a bad ankle – could retake the field today. Instead, Jonathan Wade will start opposite Leon Hall.

Colt McCoy, QB, Browns: He's the emergency quarterback today for Cleveland, but he seems to be making progress from his ankle injury. Jake Delhomme will get the start.

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Posted on: December 10, 2010 1:17 pm

Matt Cassel not practicing Friday, Croyle time?

Posted by Will Brinson

Matt Cassel, the freaking slacker to end all slackers, didn't practice on Friday, a full two days after having his appendix removed.

Which means, as Kent Babb points out in the Kansas City Star, that it's about time to get this Brodie Croyle bandwagon rolling.

For the Chiefs, well, this isn't good, one would suppose, because they'd rather have Cassel than not have Cassel. But there's a silver lining, too. Because Cassel isn't practicing Friday, they've got a legitimate non-decision to make when it comes to playing their franchise quarterback FOUR DAYS AFTER AN APPENDECTOMY. They shouldn't need a real reason for this, but they do, apparently, because he wasn't ruled out right when he left the hospital.

In fact, it would be blatantly irresponsible to start him at this juncture, considering it would risk his long-term health as well as the remainder of their season.

Plus, while the Chiefs will theoretically need some points from their offense (something Croyle might not be able to manage as well as Cassel), they can still contend with the Chargers sans Cassel. It'll require a strong effort from their offensive line and a creative gameplan from Charlie Weis, but if they properly utilize Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles (as they have all season) to eat up chunks of time with long drives, things will be manageable enough for an upset.

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Posted on: December 8, 2010 5:07 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2010 5:16 pm

Cassel has appendectomy; Sunday status unknown

Posted by Josh Katzowitz

The Chiefs announced this afternoon that QB Matt Cassel underwent a successful appendectomy today, throwing his status for Sunday’s game vs. the Chargers in doubt.

The team said Cassel will return to work this week, but you’d have to think it won’t be easy to return so quickly from a procedure of that nature.

For the record, Cassel’s backup is Brodie Croyle – who hasn’t thrown a pass all season and who hasn’t started a game since the 2009 season opener.

According to Rapid Reporter Bob Gretz, Croyle took all the first-team snaps at practice today.

“I got some reps; I've got to be ready to go at any time,” said Croyle, via Gretz. “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 … You have to prepare for that moment, you never know when it is coming. Getting reps, getting no reps, as the backup you have to be ready to go in both situations."

UPDATED (5:13 p.m.): Just talked to a physician family member (Yay for free medical advice!), and I asked her if it was possible Cassel could play Sunday, even if the surgery was laparascopic (minimally-invasive), as ESPN's Adam Schefter has reported. "This Sunday?" she said. "No, I don't think so. Maybe next Sunday."

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