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QB Matt Cassel Takes the Practice Field...In Full Pads

Just some great news for you this morning from Josh Looney about Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel and other injured Chiefs:

QB Matt Cassel in full pads today. Flowers Page and O'Connell too. That's encouraging.

Very encouraging indeed Mr. Looney. Does this mean that Cassel is a go for this weekend's season opener against the Baltimore Ravens? Not necessarily but Cassel taking the practice field in full pads is about as encouraging as you're going to get on a Monday morning.

That's good news on TE Jake O'Connell as well and even better news about CB Brandon Flowers and S Jarrad Page. Flowers injured his shoulder against the Seattle Seahawks a couple of weeks ago and both O'Connell and Page's injuries were not revealed. The tight end and safety were both scratched before the Seahawks game.

See Chiefs fans? No reason to get worked about a strained MCL. Even if Matt Cassel doesn't play this weekend, you think he has to be back for the home opener in Week 2.

Update 12:25 PM from Bob Gretz:

With the regular season underway, the media is allowed only a brief 20-25 minute glimpse into practice. In that time, Cassel worked with the other three quarterbacks on individual position drills. When the QBs shuffled through some pads on the ground, Cassel did not take part.

And when he worked taking a snap and dropping back to pass, he did so gingerly. Same with his follow through on that left leg. It was obvious that he was far from 100 percent. True indication will be how his knee responds to the work he does today. The Chiefs do not have a practice on Tuesday, so that’s an extra day for his knee to recover.