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Chiefs QB Matt Cassel is 'Leaps and Bounds' Ahead of Last Week

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley spoke with reporters this afternoon and of course talked about the topic of the day: injured quarterback Matt Cassel.

Haley hit all his normal notes on the quarterback:

  • He's made progress
  • The player is doing everything under his power to be ready
  • Taking it day-to-day

When asked if he would like a decision by tomorrow (Friday), he said he would.

"I’m not going to pin myself down to that," Haley said.  "Hopefully, we have a clearer picture tomorrow with two days away from the game."

Previously, Haley has indicated that his policy on injured players is that they have to practice at least on Friday to have a chance to play.  Last week, Cassel participated in all the practices, albeit limited, but appeared to be hampered by the knee.  Multiple reports out of One Arrowhead Drive this week have said his knee looks much improved.

"I’m leaps and bounds ahead of where I was last week," Cassel said in a press conference today.  "I feel like I’ve made a lot of progress. My (practice) work load definitely went up this week. Coach has said we are going to take it day-by-day."

An interesting question was brought up at Haley's press conference (which are now streamed live on the Mothership by the way): Would you ever consider using Cassel sparingly in the game?

"I think you have to consider it because you don’t know if he is the guy that plays and if he fatigues you’ve got to ready for everything that there is. I wouldn’t say that’s out of the question, to do something like that. But again, I think it’ll kind of be dictated by how he looks tomorrow."

So, he's been practicing all week, he's making progress, and we expect him to play.

Just like last week.

Here are a couple of other places to read about this: Bob Gretz and Todd Haley's Q&A