Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley clarified today that the “significant” injury which starting quarterback Matt Cassel suffered Nov. 13 against the Denver Broncos was a broken right hand, according to ESPN. The 29-year-old had surgery last week to repair the injury.
The former seventh-round pick was just 13 of 28 for 93 yards and one touchdown in last week’s loss, before being forced out with minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Though nine games this season, Cassel had posted a 76.6 quarterback rating and had thrown for 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions.
Tyler Palko filled in for Cassel in the Chiefs’ final drive of the game, and is expected to start tonight against the New England Patriots. The 28-year-old completed five of six passes for 47 yards in the final minutes of the losing effort to Denver.
Last year Palko only attempted six passes but completed four for 35 yards.