Kyle Orton will 'probably' start Sunday

December, 15, 2011
12/15/11
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For the second straight day, Kansas City quarterback Kyle Orton was limited in practice by a finger injury. Interim Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said Orton will start Sunday against 13-0 Green Bay if he is healthy.

Orton said Wednesday he is fine. He hurt his index finger on his throwing hand while making his only throw as a Chief on Dec. 4 against Chicago. If Orton isn’t ready, rookie Ricky Stanzi will play. At this point, though, it seems Orton will get the chance to play barring a setback.

Thursday, according to the Kansas City Star, Crennel said Orton will “probably” start Sunday and that the quarterback has “weathered the storm pretty good.”

Tyler Palko is now the No. 3 quarterback. He started the past four games for Kansas City after Matt Cassel suffered a season-ending hand injury. Former coach Todd Haley, who was fired Monday, stuck with Palko despite the fact he has thrown seven interceptions compared to two touchdown passes. The switch away from Palko was made quickly after Haley was fired.

Meanwhile, receiver Jonathan Baldwin and cornerback Javier Arenas didn’t practice Thursday due to illness.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN San Francisco 49ers reporter

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