Quarterback Matt Cassel was absolutely leveled by defensive end Haloti Ngata in the fourth quarter as he completed a pass to running back Jamaal Charles. He would remain on the turf for a few minutes—as fans sickeningly cheered—until rising and going into the locker room.
It was later determined (first by ESPN’s Adam Schefter) that Cassel was concussed on the play.
UPDATE: Thursday, October 11 at 11:58 p.m. ET by Kyle Vassalo
Matt Cassel has been ruled out for Week 6, according to Adam Teicher of The Kansas City Star.
Chiefs have finally ruled Cassel out of Sundays game— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) October 11, 2012
The 1-4 Chiefs head into Tampa Bay this week before entering a much-needed bye week.
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UPDATE: Monday, October 8 at 3:24 p.m. ET by Brandon Galvin
Matt Cassel has yet to be ruled out for Week 6 but is highly unlikely to play, according to Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel, per The Kansas City Star's Adam Teicher.
Crennel will not rule Cassel out Sunday in Tampa but highly unlikely he will play— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) October 8, 2012
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Backup signal-caller Brady Quinn entered the game after Cassel went down and attempted to lead the Chiefs to a come-from-behind, upset victory. He went 3-of-3 for 32 yards and threw what appeared to be a go-ahead touchdown that was instead negated by pass interference.
It now appears that Quinn will be the starter in Kansas City going forward, as ESPN and other news outlets seem to indicate that the former Notre Dame star will be under center when the Chiefs take on the Buccaneers in their Week 6 matchup.
Those who own Cassel in fantasy leagues must immediately drop him in exchange for Quinn. While the Chiefs QB was never an elite fantasy option—just 103-of-176 for 1,150 yards and five touchdowns compared to nine interceptions on the year—he was certainly viable in some deeper leagues and those that don’t penalize harshly for interceptions.
Considering the Chiefs now stand at 1-4 on the season, it’s likely that Quinn gets some time to prove his worth (again) as a starter in the NFL. If he can lead K.C. to at least a handful of wins and put up some decent stats, there is no way that Cassel earns his job back when healthy.
Those who need a bye-week option or had Cassel on their roster should certainly think about picking up Quinn. He’s a fearless gunslinger that has already had more downs than ups in his short career and could be ready for a chance to turn it around.
We’ll keep you updated right here on B/R with the latest on Cassel, Quinn and the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback situation as it breaks, so stay tuned.