It may be best for Chiefs to let Cassel rest

September, 9, 2009
9/09/09
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Posted by ESPN.com’s Bill Williamson


The fact that Matt Cassel is listed as questionable for his first game as a Kansas City Chief on Sunday at Baltimore is not really the news.

The news is that he couldn’t fully participate in Wednesday’s practice. This means Cassel will have difficulty getting ready to play this Sunday, so perhaps it may be best if he doesn't play in Week 1. He sprained his knee Aug. 29.

Baltimore has a menacing defense and the Chiefs’ offensive line is a mess. It is worse than it was last year when poor line play contributed to quarterbacks Brodie Croyle (who will likely play Sunday if Cassel can’t) and Damon Huard being lost for the season. Cassel was hurt on a sack after poor pass protection.

If Cassel isn’t completely mobile, he could get hammered by the Ravens and risk further injury.

Cassel, who signed a huge contract after being acquired from New England in the offseason to become the face of the Kansas City franchise, will still try to play Sunday. But it might be in Kansas City’s best interest to wait for him to get healthier so he can play at home Sept. 13 against Oakland.

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ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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