Kyle Orton leaves Chiefs debut hurt

Updated: December 5, 2011, 12:06 AM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHICAGO -- Kyle Orton replaced Tyler Palko as the Kansas City Chiefs' quarterback for the first play of the second quarter, injured his right index finger and had to leave the game. He did not return.

Coach Todd Haley said he doesn't "really have much to give you" when asked about the injury.

Orton, claimed off waivers by the Chiefs after he was released by the Broncos, threw a pass on a flea-flicker and was hit by Chicago defensive back Major Wright on the play as he released the ball. Orton was looking at his hand and signaled to the sideline that he had a problem. Palko, who played the first quarter, then re-entered the game.

Orton began his career with the Bears in 2005.

Palko threw his first touchdown pass, on a Hail Mary at the end of the first half as the Chiefs defeated the Bears 10-3.

"I really thought Tyler did a great job today," Orton said. "He's been through a lot. It's great to see a guy get his chance and take advantage of it."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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