Matt Cassel Returns To Practice


Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel is back on the football field Wednesday, just a week after having an emergency appendectomy.

But will he be on the field Sunday when the Chiefs take on the St. Louis Rams?

The Kansas City Star has a nice run down on the media portion of practice. Cassel was on the field and was throwing the ball. The Star reports that Cassel did a bit less throwing than the other QB’s and that most of his passes were short and a couple of his long balls lacked zip.

My take:

This makes perfect sense. Cassel is likely still suffering from some soreness and with this being his first practice back, there is no need for him to overdo it. The Chiefs are likely testing the QB out to see how he responds to some work and to keep him sharp. Obviously I didn’t see him practice myself but I would take this as a very positive sign that he will play Sunday, barring any setbacks.

The Chiefs will have their practice report out later today and we will find out of they listed Cassel as a full or limited participant.

Props to stykman81 for the headsup.

Update: Cassel was limited at practice. Haley said he is day to day and that the team won’t know until later in the week if he will play. Cassel said that he was “slightly limited” in practice. Sounds to me like he will play.

Double Update: Cassel told reporters at his press conference that there is a 99% chance he will play Sunday according to a tweet by Bob Fescoe of 610 Sports. That ends that speculation.

Triple Update: This is getting ridiculous. Sounds like Bob Fescoe misheard Cassel. Arrowhead Pride has it that Cassel said : “Hopefully 99.99999 percent. I don’t really know. I can’t give you a percentage.”