- Texas man arrested for powder-letter hoax
- Islamic State opens ‘marriage bureau’ for single jihadists
- Drone almost blocks California firefighting planes
- Tornado rips off roofs, downs trees near Boston
- GOP: Environmental rules keeping agents from accessing border
- John Kerry: Millions displaced by religious fighting in 2013
- Federal appeals court rules against Virginia’s gay marriage ban
- White House says Russia ‘losing’ war in Ukraine
- Hamas turns to North Korea for weapons deal, Iran for money
- Syrian casualties surge as jihadis consolidate
Chiefs won’t say if Cassel will play on Sunday
Question of the Day
KANSAS CITY, MO. (AP) - Matt Cassel, the Kansas City quarterback who had an emergency appendectomy two days ago, will be listed as doubtful for this weekend’s AFC West showdown game at San Diego.
“He’s going to be listed as did not practice today and doubtful, and that’s where I’ll leave it,” Haley said Friday.
Wearing sweat pants and a shirt while teammates worked out in pads, Cassel appeared to do nothing but light tosses during the short time the media was allowed to watch Friday’s practice.
Cassel, having a Pro Bowl-type season, is a main reason the Chiefs (8-4) lead the Chargers by two games in the division. He’s thrown 23 touchdown passes and a league-low four interceptions, managing the offense efficiently behind a running attack that leads the NFL.
Backup Brodie Croyle, who has started nine games for Kansas City since 2006 and lost every one, has worked with the first team all week and did again Friday.
Medical opinions as to how soon Cassel might return have varied. Doctors have said it would depend on how much pain and discomfort he feels following the operation, and how invasive the procedure was.
The Chiefs maintain a strict policy of not disclosing or discussing injuries. Haley hasn’t even talked about hurting his own right leg during practice earlier in the year.
“I’ve been taught through all my years of coaching when you get into injuries and talk about injuries … there may be some times that from a competitive standpoint it will hurt you,” Haley said.
“Say you’re talking about somebody who’s got a specific injury and then you talk about it, and you’ve got some guys on the other side that don’t want to see us succeed that are going to be going after body parts. People look for wraps and tapes and tape jobs and braces. They do that. That’s part of the game. It’s a physical game. I just don’t want to ever put our guys in a position where you’re putting them in a position of vulnerability.”
Croyle has been plagued by injuries since coming to the Chiefs as a third-round pick out of Alabama in 2006 and has not started a regular-season game since the ‘09 opener.
While he’s 0-9 as a starter, this is by far the best team he’s had around him. Running backs Jamaal Charles and Thomas Jones could be both headed for 1,000-yard seasons. Dwayne Bowe had caught at least one touchdown pass in seven straight games until being stopped last week by Denver cornerback Champ Bailey.
“This is a very good team offense. We’ve got a lot of guys making a lot of plays,” Croyle said. “If I get the opportunity, just go in there and continue to make the plays, and get the ball to the guys who have been making them.”
Croyle is not as big as Cassel but has a stronger arm. Offensive coordinator Charlie Weis said the offense would not change if Croyle plays.
- White House says Russia 'losing' war in Ukraine
- Hillary Clinton: Forget Obama, George W. Bush made her 'proud to be an American'
- D.C. seeks to stay judge's order allowing gun owners to carry in public
- Illegal immigrants demand representation in White House meetings
- Iraqi Christians rally at White House: 'Obama, Obama, where are you?'
- EPSTEIN: All IRS roads lead to the archivist
- Border surge puts Obama legacy on immigration at stake
- Inside the Beltway: Republican posse rides out to fire Harry Reid
- Tactical advantage: Russian military shows off impressive new gear
- KUHNER: Will Russia-Ukraine be Europe's next war?
Obama's biggest White House 'fails'
Celebrities turned politicians
Athletes turned actors
20 gadgets that changed the world
Fighting in Iraq