Matt Cassel Injury: Chiefs QB Has 'Significant' Hand Injury, Season Could Be Over

KANSAS CITY, MO - NOVEMBER 13: Nose tackle Ryan McBean #98 of the Denver Broncos pressures quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the first half on November 13, 2011 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri. Denver defeated Kansas City 17-10. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

Chiefs QB Matt Cassel suffered a significant hand injury in Sunday's loss to the Broncos and Todd Haley says his season is in jeopardy as a result of it.

The Kansas City Chiefs lost at home to the Denver Broncos moving them to 4-5 on the season but that may not be the worst news to come out of the game. Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said at his Monday press conference that QB Matt Cassel suffered a "significant" hand injury which will likely require surgery and could end up ending his season.

Cassel was removed from the game in the fourth quarter after suffering the hand injury and backup QB Tyler Palko replaced him. Cassel talked with reporters after the game and said he was preparing as if he would be able to play next week against the Patriots. He appeared on local radio in Kansas City on Monday morning and said the same thing. 

Obviously, that's not the case. Haley indicated that Cassel is likely to miss a significant amount of time either way so, for now, Tyler Palko becomes the new starting quarterback of the Chiefs in Cassel's absence and Ricky Stanzi will back him up.

Cassel has been inconsistent throughout the season for the 4-5 Chiefs with 10 touchdowns and nine interceptions on the season.

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