Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley announced today that starting quarterback Matt Cassel suffered a “significant hand injury” on Sunday in the loss to the Broncos and that he might be out for the season.
Cassel was under duress most of the day against the Broncos as he was sacked 4 times and hit 12 other times in the game. He did not return to the game after that and was replaced by Tyler Palko for the rest of the game. Palko will start Monday night when the Chiefs travel to New England to face the Patriots and it stands to reason he will likely start against the Steelers the following Sunday night.
Palko, a University of Pittsburgh product, spent a short time with the Steelers back in 2009 as he was signed to the practice squad late in November that year after quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Charlie Batch were injured against the Chiefs. Palko ended up being promoted to the active roster for Ravens game, but did not play. Palko ended up being released early in December after Roethlisberger recovered.