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Cassel has 'significant' hand injury, won't start Monday night

Posted by Shalise Manza Young, Globe Staff  November 14, 2011 06:08 PM

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After losing to the Denver Fighting Tebows on Sunday, a game in which the winning quarterback completed just 2 of 8 passes, and watching the Dolphins get their first win of the season on their home field the week before, the Chiefs were probably at their low point of the season.

But things got worse today, when coach Todd Haley announced that quarterback Matt Cassel had suffered a "significant" right hand injury against the Broncos and would be out indefinitely - and possibly for the rest of the season.

That means the former Patriot, who stepped in admirably in 2008 when Tom Brady went down for the season with a torn ACL, won't be returning to his NFL birthplace next Monday night, when Kansas City travels to New England.

Haley said Cassel's injury will require surgery, but he wasn't ready to say that the quarterback would be placed on season-ending injured reserve.

After the game yesterday, Cassel's hand was in a cast/splint; at the time he said he'd be on the field against his former teammates on Monday night. Clearly it was unknown then how severe the injury was to his throwing hand.

Tyler Palko will start in Cassel's place; Palko was 5-for-6 on the Chiefs' final drive yesterday, leading them to a field goal.

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