The Morning Fix: Game Week Edition


Morning Addicts! The long weekend is over, the preseason is over and the real fun is about to begin. Football is back and everything kicks off on Thursday night when the Saints and the Packers square off. All week we’ll be previewing this weekend’s contest against the Buffalo Bills. We’ll also have out season preview and staff picks later this week.

So check back often. Until then, here is your Morning Fix!

Under NFL rules, the Chiefs don’t have to publicly disclose injuries until Wednesday, when they have to file an injury report with the league. But they don’t have to list Cassel unless there’s a chance, no matter how slim, that he won’t play against the Bills.

If Cassel doesn’t play, Tyler Palko would be the starting quarterback. Palko has never started a regular-season NFL game and has played in only two.

“He was out there, he practiced, he was moving around and I thought he did a good job,” Haley said. “We don’t have to get into (injury designations) today, but since I’m nice I’ll say that he was a full practice participant today.”

An official injury report will be filed following practices on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Fullback Le’Ron McClain believes Cassel will be ready to go Sunday.

“He threw me some passes in practice, he’s moving around great, throwing the ball good,” McClain said in the locker room after practice. “I asked him, was he OK when we got back here, and he said he’s good, and that’s all I got to hear. He’ll be ready.”

HALEY: “That was kind of how we laid the plan out. And part of that was the playing time as it related throughout the other three games. There’s no doubt you have to get guys game ready and ready to play. In those early preseason games, we physically were just not ready. We didn’t feel like… Most everything we did pertained to injuries and trying to do our best to prevent them by knowing that if our guys were in core shape or as close to core shape condition as we could get them, that we would have a better chance to practice and play in an efficient, healthy manner.”

However, the degree of difficulty for the Bills seems to dropping as we approach the actual game. Reports now indicate that Chiefs QB Matt Cassel is questionable for Week 1 due to a rib injury. Report seem to vary on the severity of the injury, but it is apparently painful enough that Chiefs coach Todd Haley has told backup QB Tyler Palko (who has thrown exactly six NFL passes) that he needs to be ready to go on Sunday.