Cassel, Quinn face off in Kansas City

October, 16, 2012
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An interesting story developed while I was traveling from San Diego on Tuesday. Matt Cassel has been cleared for non-contact work and he will spend the bye-week practices, which start Wednesday, sharing equal repetition time with his backup, Brady Quinn.

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Kansas City coach Romeo Crennel said he is giving each an equal shot at being the starter. To me, that means Cassel -- who suffered a concussion Oct. 7 against the Ravens and sat out last Sunday -- has the edge. The Chiefs have seen a lot of Cassel and if they really think they’d be better off with Quinn, they’d make the move, but they're giving Cassel another chance.

I think that means the team believes Cassel will emerge over Quinn, who struggled in his start Sunday in the Chiefs' 38-10 loss at Tampa Bay.

I’m sure the Chiefs will not make anything official until next week as to who will start at home against Oakland on Oct. 28 -- but Quinn would have to clearly outshine Cassel in practice to get the job.

Bill Williamson | email

ESPN Oakland Raiders reporter

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