Kyle Orton not in K.C. yet

November, 24, 2011
11/24/11
1:20
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Kyle Orton did not make it to Kansas City in time to take his physical and get on the practice field, according to the Kansas City Star.

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The paper cited family issues delayed Orton’s travel from Denver. The Chiefs practiced early on Thursday, a day after Kansas City claimed him off waivers. I wouldn’t take this as a sign Orton is unhappy he's a Chief. I think it is merely a logistical situation. Orton has already indicated he is excited to be a Chief.

I didn’t think there was any way Orton was going to play Sunday night against visiting Pittsburgh and this development all but makes a certainty. Expect Tyler Palko to make his second straight start for the Chiefs as they adjust to playing without Matt Cassel, who broke his hand and is out for the season.

Expect Orton to make his Kansas City debut at Chicago (yes, the same team that put a claim in on him and the same team he started his career with) on Dec. 4.

Bill Williamson | email

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