- Bill Williamson, ESPN Staff Writer
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Kansas City Chiefs’ coach Todd Haley said new quarterback Kyle Orton has arrived and he is expected to practice Friday night. Kansas City claimed him off waivers from Denver on Wednesday. Family issues prevented him from arriving in Kansas City on Thursday.
Haley told reporters Orton might not even be active Sunday night against Pittsburgh. That makes sense, because he is coming in cold. He is expected to start Dec. 4 at Chicago and finish the season as the Chiefs’ starter.
Denver cornerback Champ Bailey had this to say Friday, when asked if he is looking forward to facing Orton and the Chiefs on Jan. 1 in Denver in the regular-season finale: “I’m looking forward to it. I know a lot of guys in here are, too, but we’ll take that as it comes.”
In other AFC West nuggets:
NFL.com is reporting that Oakland running back Darren McFadden is not expected back until Dec. 11 when the Raiders play at Green Bay. He was hurt in Week 7. That is not a surprise, and it is a feasible estimation. He has done very little since being injured.
The injury has spoiled a special season for McFadden. He has rushed for 614 yards and is averaging 5.4yards per carry this season. Injuries have bothered McFadden in his four-year NFL career. He has missed 13 games in his career. Backup Michael Bush has played very well in McFadden’s absence.
In an Insider piece, Mel Kiper thinks the Broncos and the Chiefs have two of the five worst quarterback situations in the league. There are certainly questions about both situations, that’s for sure.