Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel told the media today that Kyle Orton will indeed be the starting QB in Sunday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
Crennel had left open the possibility that Ricky Stanzi could start should Orton’s injured finger not continue to heal. But the coach said Orton has continued to progress throughout the week and that his throws have been gaining velocity with each practice. He also noted that Orton has not had any difficulty fielding direct snaps and has not fumbled in practice.
With Orton starting, rookie Ricky Stanzi will be the primary backup with Tyler Palko as the third string QB if he is active.
Crennel also updated the media on the injury status of a few players.
Safety John McGraw attempted to practice Friday but was limited. He has a high ankle sprain and will likely be listed as doubtful for Sunday.
CB Javier Arenas and WR Jonathan Baldwin, who were both suffering from illnesses, were back on the field participating fully.
Another interesting note is that Crennel has decided to move offensive coordinator Bill Muir back up to the booth. Earlier this season Todd Haley pulled Muir down to the sidelines, presumably so that he could yell and curse at him face to face rather than over the headset. Crennel feels Muir will have a better view of what’s going on in the booth and so back to the booth Muir will go.