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Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley said it's too early to gauge whether quarterback Matt Cassel would play against the Chargers Sunday following a laparoscopic appendectomy Wednesday. Haley says that some guys have had the procedure and been out for awhile, while some guys have come back quickly. But they just have to wait and see. Haley added that he is not engaging in gamesmanship to try and keep the Chargers guessing. After speaking to Cassel and getting medical reports, he is not ruling out Cassel for the crucial AFC West NFL betting matchup.

Haley believes he is such a tough guy, and he has got it internally, while showing it externally. Apparently, according to Haley, there have been times before when the backups have gotten excited out at practice (in preparation to play) only to see him come on the field.  Backup Brodie Coyle took the first-team snaps at practice and will start if Cassel can't play. Tyler Palko newly promoted off the practice squad, was the backup.

Haley said Thursday that Palko's promotion was actually a coincidence.

They had to make a move in another area and were able to get somebody up and that determination was made ... in (Tuesday) night's staff meeting, Haley had said, according to the Kansas City Star. That's when they made the determination who they thought would best serve them.

They have been a little on the edge with two quarterbacks the entire year and really had a chance without there being a clear-cut guy they felt could come in and be on the game-day roster, Haley added. The fact they can use a third emergency quarterback was the determining factor. At least, he felt, it was a body we could get to the game to serve a purpose.

Croyle's last start was last season's Week 1, when he went 16-of-24 passing for 177 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-24 loss at Baltimore. He saw limited action in consecutive games against the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos in Weeks 12 and 13, going a combined 7 of 16 for 53 yards.



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