Matt Cassel practices fully again

September, 8, 2011
9/08/11
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Matt Cassel continues to march toward opening day.


The Kansas City Chiefs announced that Cassel practiced fully Thursday. He has practiced fully all week despite suffering a rib injury last Thursday night at Green Bay.

Unless he suffers a setback, expect Cassel to play Sunday against Buffalo. Meanwhile, rookie receiver Jonathan Baldwin did not practice again with a thumb injury he reportedly suffered in a fight with teammate Thomas Jones. It seems unlikely the Chiefs’ No. 1 pick will play against Buffalo. Now, that the injury is affecting the regular season, I’m sure the Chiefs’ brass is seething over the fight between teammates.

In other Chiefs’ related nuggets:

The Chiefs are the only team in the AFC West to play the Indianapolis Colts this season. Kansas City visits Indianapolis in Week 5, which will be played Oct. 9. With Peyton Manning expected to be out 2-3 months after having neck surgery Thursday, it seems he's certain to miss that game.

It looks like David Garrard’s decision on where to play next year might go into next week. That likely means no teams want to guarantee his contract by signing him this week. I think Kansas City could be a possibility and there has been a lot of speculation around the league that Oakland could be interested.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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