Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star is reporting that an unnamed Chiefs player told him yesterday that the coaching staff told the team the QB Matt Cassel will not return this season.
This news doesn’t really come as a surprise, given that the Todd Haley has been pretty forthcoming that Cassel could be finished. Still, as recently as yesterday, Haley told reporters that the team was still holding out hope Cassel could return.
The Chiefs may just be waiting a while to fully shut Cassel down on the off chance that the team could somehow rally and make the playoffs. While that scenario is unlikely, with the AFC West being as weak as it is, it isn’t out of the question.
Then again, if the Chiefs were to win enough games to win the division, it would mean Tyler Palko or Ricky Stanzi had led them there. At that point, who would want Cassel coming back and taking over the starting job?
My guess is that if the Chiefs lose Monday and the Raiders win, KC will shut Cassel down and fill his spot on the roster.