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    Matt Cassel Undergoes Appendectomy, Availability for Week 14 in Doubt

    December 8 2010 Last updated at 05:22 PM ET
    Matt Cassel Undergoes Appendectomy, Availability for Week 14 in Doubt
    By Dennis J. Georgatos
    NFL Writer

    Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel underwent an appendectomy Wednesday, putting his availability into doubt for Sunday's key divisional game at San Diego.

    Hours before making the announcement that Cassel had undergone successful surgery, the Chiefs promoted quarterback Tyler Palko from the practice squad to the active roster. If Cassel can't go, backup Brodie Croyle would start, with Palko backing him up.

    The team said that Cassel was expected to return to work "this week," but did not immediately address his status for the Chargers game. It would be unlikely that he could play that soon after an appendectomy, however. Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger had an emergency appendectomy just prior to the 2006 season -- he went under the knife on Sept. 3, missed the Steelers' Week 1 game four days later (a Thursday night contest), then returned on Sept. 18 for Pittsburgh's Week 2 game.

    Front-running Kansas City has a two-game lead over the Chargers in the AFC West with four games remaining.

    Cassel, who was named AFC Offensive Player of the Month for November, has thrown for eight touchdowns and one interception with a 93.4 passer rating against AFC West teams this season.

    Kansas City beat the Chargers in the season opener and is going for consecutive wins against its division rival for the first time since 2003.
    Never one to wish ill will towards another, but if an infection flares up that keeps him out two weeks, not saying I would mind it...

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    Re: Matt Cassel Undergoes Appendectomy, Availability for Week 14 in Doubt

    I read where some say he could play THIS week, but where another said there is no way he will play this week, and a 50-50 chance he will be back the following week.
    Missing two weeks is the worst-case from what I've heard, but we'll see.

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