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Chiefs' Cassel undergoes appendectomy

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.

NFL: Kansas City 10, Denver 6

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.

NFL: Kansas City 31, San Francisco 10

Kansas City, Mo. -- Matt Cassel winged three touchdown passes Sunday, boosting Kansas City to a 31-10 rout of San Francisco.

Cassel went 16-of-27 through the air for 250 yards for the Chiefs, who are off to their first 3-0 start since 2003.

Thomas Jones rushed for 95 yards and a touchdown and Jamaal Charles added 97 yards on the ground for the victors.

Three of Cassels' completions went to Dexter McCluster, who gained 69 yards and scored a touchdown.

The 49ers (0-3) were led by Alex Smith, who passed for 232 yards with an interception and one touchdown, accomplished on the last play of the game.

The Frank Gore caught nine passes for 102 yards and rushed 15 times for 43 yards in San Francisco's setback.

NFL: Kansas City 17, Green Bay 13

Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 2 (UPI) -- Matt Cassel threw a first-quarter touchdown pass Thursday and the Kansas City Chiefs fought off Green Bay 17-13 for their only win of the pre-season.

Cassel, Kansas City's regular-season starting quarterback, hit Leonard Pope with a 2-yard scoring pass and Jackie Battle gave the Chiefs a 14-0 lead in the second quarter with a 1-yard run.

Kansas City avoided what would have been its second straight winless pre-season. The Chiefs begin the campaign hosting San Diego.

Green Bay's Matt Flynn went 23-of-37 for 304 yards, six of the passes going to Brett Swain for 130 yards. Starting quarterback Aaron Rodgers did not play for the Packers.

Green Bay (2-2) opens its season at Philadelphia.

NFL players enter student sweepstakes

New York -- Quarterbacks Drew Brees of New Orleans and Matt Cassel of Kansas City are among players promoting the NFL's "Take a Player to School" sweepstakes.

The program, called the ultimate "show and tell" by the league, is designed to support America's youth by encouraging them to stay active and healthy. It runs from Oct. 27 to Dec. 8.

There were 34 winners among the more than 75,000 young people who entered.

The NFL said in a news release it will partner with JCPenney to make a donation to each winning school to support its in-school and after-school physical fitness programs.

Dolphins get QB Thigpen from Chiefs

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.

NFL: Philadelphia 34, Kansas City 14

Philadelphia, Sept. 27: Kevin Kolb passed for two scores and Michael Vick played in his first game since late 2006 Sunday in a 34-14 Philadelphia romp over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Kolb, starting in place of the injured Donovan McNabb, completed 24-of-34 passes for 327 yards. His touchdown tosses were a 64-yarder to DeSean Jackson and a 35-yarder to Brent Celek.

Jackson caught six passes for 149 yards and LeSean McCoy ran for 84 yards and a touchdown for Philadelphia.

Vick, back in the NFL after serving a prison sentence for his part in a dogfighting operation, was 0-for-2 passing and ran once for 7 yards.

Report: Matt Cassel may miss KC opener

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.

NFL: St. Louis 17, Kansas City 9

St. Louis, Sept. 3: Quincy Butler put St. Louis in front with an interception return Thursday and the Rams went on to defeat Kansas City in their final exhibition game 17-9.

The contest was important for the Chiefs, who are searching for a quarterback if Matt Cassel cannot open the season.

First-year head coach Todd Haley called the plays Thursday after offensive coordinator Chan Gailey was fired during the week.

Cassel is suffering from knee and ankle injuries and could be out a month.

That will leave things in the hands of Brodie Croyle, who was 5-of-16 for 85 yards against the Rams, or Tyler Thigpen, who was 2-of-7 for 49 yards with two interceptions.

NFL: New England 27, Philadelphia 25

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.