Kansas City, Mo. -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel underwent an appendectomy and is set to resume practice, the team said Wednesday.
A statement issued by the Chiefs indicated Cassel will be back in the fold almost immediately as Kansas City prepares to meet AFC West rival San Diego in a key game Sunday.
Cassel's absence from practiced was noticed Wednesday when signal-caller Brodie Croyle took the first-team snaps and Tyler Palko served as the back-up, the Kansas City Star reported.
The Chiefs come into the Sunday's game leading the division with an 8-4 mark, and Cassel has played a large part in that, throwing for 2,503 yards and 23 touchdowns with only four interceptions this season.
Kansas City, Mo. -- Matt Cassel connected with Leonard Pope for a TD pass and the Kansas City Chiefs allowed just 86 passing yards Sunday in their 10-6 win over Denver.
Cassel (17-of-31 passing, 196 yards) found Pope on a 2-yard scoring toss in the first quarter, providing the game's only touchdown, and Matt Prater booted a pair of field goals for Kansas City (8-4), who stayed atop the AFC West with the win.
The Chiefs sacked Denver quarterback Kyle Orton four times for 31 yards of losses and yielded only five first downs through the air.
Jamaal Charles picked up 116 yards on 21 carries for the victors.
Orton was held to a mere 9-of-28 passing as Denver (3-9) lost for the seventh time in eight games.
Davie, Fla., Sept. 29: The Miami Dolphins acquired quarterback Tyler Thigpen from the Kansas City Chiefs on Tuesday in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick.
Miami quarterback Chad Pennington suffered a shoulder injury during this past Sunday's game against San Diego and could be sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Thigpen, in his third season out of Coastal Carolina, played 14 games and made 11 starts for the Chiefs last year. He was dropped to a backup spot in training camp this summer when Kansas City acquired Matt Cassel from the New England Patriots.
Brodie Croyle started the season-opener for the Chiefs while Cassel recovered from a knee injury suffered in the preseason.
Kansas City, Mo. -- Starting quarterback Matt Cassel is questionable for the Chiefs regular season-opener at Baltimore because of a gimpy right knee, the Kansas City star reported.
Cassel sprained the knee during the opening series of a pre-season contest against Seattle on Aug. 29.
Coach Todd Haley said he remains optimistic about Cassel's availability.
"We've got a couple of more days of practice here to evaluate where he's at," Haley told reporters after Cassel wore full pads at Wednesday's practice, but appeared to be unhampered by the injury knee during individual passing drills.
Cassel, obtained with linebacker Mike Vrabel in an off-season trade with New England, signed a six-year contract in the off-season, believed to be worth close
to $30 million.
Philadelphia, Aug. 13: Tom Brady threw two touchdown passes after a year's absence Thursday in leading New England to a 27-25 exhibition victory over Philadelphia.
Brady suffered a season-ending knee injury in New England's exhibition opener last year and the Patriots, with Matt Cassel at quarterback, missed the playoffs for the first time in six years.
Brady, three times a Super Bowl-winning quarterback, played the first half and completed 10 of 15 passes for 100 yards. He was intercepted once, but threw scoring passes of 4 and 9 yards to Chris Baker.
Julian Edelman also returned a punt 75 yards to help the Patriots build a 21-6 halftime lead.
Foxborough, Mass. -- The New England Patriots traded quarterback Matt Cassel and linebacker Mike Vrabel to the Kansas City Chiefs for a second-round draft pick.
If both players pass their physicals, they will be reunited with General Manager Scott Pioli, who was the Patriots' vice president of player personnel before he succeeded Carl Peterson in Kansas City.
"I have a long history with both players," said Pioli in a statement. "Mike and Matt are men that I respect both personally and professionally. I look forward to having them as new members of the Chiefs family."
The fact that New England dealt Cassel may mean the franchise is secure about the return of Tom Brady next season. Brady suffered a season-ending torn knee ligament in the 2008 opener against the Chiefs.
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