Matt Cassel Injury Update: QB Will Miss Time with MCL Sprain

Midwest Sports FansAnalyst IAugust 31, 2009

KANSAS CITY, MO - AUGUST 29: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs grimaces as he grabs his left leg after he was sacked in the first quarter by Brandon Mebane #92 of the Seattle Seahawks during their preseason game at Arrowhead Stadium on August 29, 2009 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

A couple weeks back I told you to be wary of Matt Cassel this year as you prepare for your fantasy football drafts. That he’s in a new city with only one true playmaker on the outside (Dwayne Bowe) and no longer has the dynamic duo of Randy Moss and Wes Welker to make things easy on him were a few of the reasons.

Now there is another reason: He’s injured.

According to this morning, Matt Cassel has a sprained MCL and will miss two to four weeks. This means he will most likely be out for Kansas City’s opener on Sept. 13 against Baltimore and could miss more time after that. Tyler Thigpen will start in Cassel’s place.

So, since signing a six-year, $63 million deal (with $28 million guaranteed), Cassel has failed to dominate the incumbents Thigpen and Brodie Croyle, so much so that new coach Todd Haley was saying as recently as a few weeks ago that the starting job was in question.

Now, though through no fault of his own, Cassel is injured and will miss valuable time building continuity with his new offensive teammates early in the season.

Not exactly the most auspicious of beginnings for the guy the Chiefs are obviously hoping to build around for the next half decade.

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