Steelers vs Chiefs: Kyle Orton Not Expected to Start, Play on Sunday Night

Farzin VousoughianContributor IIINovember 25, 2011

KANSAS CITY, MO - DECEMBER 05:  Quarterback Kyle Orton #8 of the Denver Broncos in action during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on December 5, 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.  (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
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Over 48 hours ago, the Kansas City Chiefs claimed Kyle Orton off waivers after the Denver Broncos decided to part ways with him and waive him.

Since then, Orton has not been interviewed by anyone nor has he been seen practicing with the Chiefs yet.

Head coach Todd Haley told the media that Orton is in the facility and is being examined by team doctors. Haley also went on to say that there's a chance that Orton may not start, let alone play this week against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday Night Football.

Orton has not received a number or a locker from the team but is expected to practice Wednesday evening with the team.

Earlier this season, the Oakland Raiders acquired Carson Palmer off a trade from the Cincinnati Bengals. Palmer remained on the sidelines while Kyle Boller started and played all the way through the first half plus the first series for the Raiders in the second half.

Palmer entered the game early in the second half after Boller had threw for three interceptions against the Chiefs defense. Palmer followed Boller's path that day with the same amount of interceptions in his Raiders debut.

Perhaps, Haley wants to keep Orton sidelined for one game and allow him to watch and digest the offense, rather then get thrown under center and be expected to play perfect.

The Chiefs are expected to start Tyler Palko against the Steelers.

In his first career start on Monday Night Football, Palko threw for three interceptions and was sacked three times by the New England Patriots.

Orton's debut as a Chief may come in a homecoming game when the Chiefs visit the Chicago Bears—Orton's first NFL team, the following week.

Update: As of Friday evening, the Chiefs began practice with Orton present. Orton will wear number eight.

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