Kansas City Chiefs May Put In Waiver Claim for Kyle Orton

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The Kansas City Chiefs have considered putting in a waiver claim for Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton, NFL.com’s Steve Wyche reports. The Chiefs are seeking a replacement in light of quarterback Matt Cassel’s injury.

The Chiefs lost Cassel after the starter suffered a broken right hand in a Nov. 13 loss to the Broncos. The 29-year-old was forced to undergo surgery last week to repair the injury. Tyler Palko played in Cassel's place in a Monday night loss to the New England Patriots and did not have a confidence-inspiring performance. The former undrafted free-agent completed 25 of 38 passes for 236 yards, but also threw three interceptions and no touchdowns.  The 4-6 Chiefs scored just three points in the loss.

After beginning the season 4-3, Kansas City has lost their last three games to fall to 4-6 on the season. They still only trail the AFC Division leading Oakland Raiders by two games, however, which may be a motivating factor for the team to make a move to secure a quarterback.