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Good morning. We have an awful lot of stories again in today's Kansas City Chiefs news. Enjoy.

"Everything went really well," Haley said. "We're just giving it as much time as we can to see exactly where he is."

It appears the Chiefs will use the next week to evaluate Cassel's reaction to the surgery before determining his standing for the remainder of the season.

In the meantime, picking up a veteran quarterback doesn't appear to be a short-term option. Haley said the Chiefs will go into Monday night's game in New England with only Tyler Palko and Ricky Stanzi.

Arrowhead Report: Cassel's Surgery Successful from The Mothership

"We have to get Tyler Palko ready to go," Haley said. "That's the same issue we had with Matt. We still have to give the No. 2 a couple of snaps in each period to make sure that we're at least giving him a chance to not only see the game plan but feel it a little bit. We'll stay kind of status quo that way."

In New England on Monday night, Stanzi will be more than just a sideline bystander.

"My role has kind of been amped up and I have to respond to that," he said. "When you're inactive, there's no chance of playing. Now there is. That's a different responsibility altogether, a different mentality."

Chiefs' Stanzi A Step Closer To Taking The Field As A Rookie QB from KC Star

Defensive end Glenn Dorsey, who was wearing a knee brace as he entered the locker room Wednesday, said his injury wasn't serious enough to keep him out of Monday's game at New England. Center Casey Wiegmann, who has a hand injury, said he was confident he also could play and that his record for consecutive snaps wouldn't end Monday. If he can't play, rookie Rodney Hudson would likely step in as his replacement.

Chiefs Notes: Cassel's Surgery Goes Well from KC Star

Brady spoke about the running the offense with quick counts and taking advantage of the defense using the no-huddle.

"If we feel that it's going to be a big disguise game, then you have a lot of quick counts," Brady said. "If ultimately they're showing you what they're doing, then you take your time. That's just a cat-and-mouse [game] all day long that goes on especially with good defenses, and good secondaries..."

Brady Familiar With What Chiefs Will Bring On Defense from The Boston Globe

As Kansas City Chiefs coach Todd Haley sees it, Tyler Palko and Matt Cassel have a "similar skill set."

Patience is apparently one of those skills.

For Cassel, now Kansas City's quarterback but once the Patriots' backup, he waited until his fourth season to see significant game action. His opportunity finally came in the 2008 season opener, when Tom Brady suffered a left-knee injury that made him New England's starter.

The well-traveled Palko, however, has taken a more roundabout route to his first NFL start.

KC's Palko To Get His Shot Against The Pats from The Milford Daily News

The Kansas City Chiefs will lean on a journeyman quarterback, a running back who's spent most of his career on special teams and a tight end who has a hard time catching when the play at New England on Monday night.

Not exactly what general manager Scott Pioli had in mind when he put this team together.

Chiefs Take Patchwork Offense On The Road For Monday Night Game Vs Patriots from The Washington Post

Q: You seem to have a really clear mind and positive outlook on everything that has happened with you. Where does all that come from? Where do you draw your inspiration?

TP: It's not all sunshine and rainbows. I'm not saying I've never had a bad day. But as you get older and you go through things and you experience life I think you just learn how to handle situations differently. I'm sure that I'll handle things differently in five years from now and look back on how I handled certain situations and learn from them. Everything is a work in progress.

Getting To Know Tyler Palko from ESPN

In "War Room,'' journalist Michael Holley provides a fascinating account of how Belichick, and his top associates, Scott Pioli and Thomas Dimitroff, used the draft and shrewd trades to build the Pats into the envy of the NFL. Their success prompted other teams to raid Patriots coaches and front office personnel. Pioli and Dimitroff, for example, left to become general managers of the Kansas City Chiefs and Atlanta Falcons, respectively.

'War Room' by Michael Holley from The Boston Globe

KC Wolf, mascot for the Kansas City Chiefs football team, will be in Trenton on Saturday afternoon to help raise money for the Christmas Wish program, sponsored locally by the Trenton Kiwanis Club.

KC Wolf In Trenton from The Trenton Republican-Times

There have been so many different names on the New England Patriots defensive roster the last couple of years that one of the constants, Pats linebacker Jerod Mayo, says you just end up "talking to the position" instead of a specific player.

Many of those players have not succeeded elsewhere but have found a home with the Patriots, who began their prep work on Wednesday for Monday night's game with the Kansas City Chiefs at Gillette Stadium.

Pats' Defense Taking Shape from The Nashua Telegraph

Unlike the display put on at the Georgia Dome, the Kansas City Chiefs couldn't do much of anything up front as their 12.9 NYLPI was the lowest of the week and played a significant role in their 17-10 loss to Denver. The performance easily eclipsed the team's previous season low of 38.0 set a week ago in a 31-3 loss to Miami.

The dismal effort from the front five against the Broncos included four sacks, 12 knockdowns and just 140 passing yards. Even more importantly, the defeat may come at the price of Kansas City's starting quarterback, as Matt Cassel could be done for the year after hurting his right hand during a fourth-quarter sack.

Saints, Falcons Put On New York Life Protection Plan Clinic from Sports Illustrated

In the offseason, the Patriots tendered him at the second round level.  Unfortunately, that tender was under the old CBA rules.  Under the new agreement, Page became an unrestricted free agent and decided to sign with the Philadelphia Eagles.

Now, Jarrad Page is back on the market.  And it just turns out that one of the Patriots' biggest needs is at safety.

S Jarred Page Released By Eagles: Should Patriots Pursue? from Pats Pulpit

"There are definitely competitors who are nervous anticipating our bid for a future Super Bowl," Anderson said. "It was by NFL standards the best Super Bowl that has ever occurred."

She said that wasn't just her opinion but also the assessment of Norma Hunt, who has attended every Super Bowl. Her late husband, Lamar Hunt , founder of the Kansas City Chiefs and the American Football League, was credited with coining the term Super Bowl and its Roman numeral numbering.

Super Bowl XLV Has $7.15 Million Surplus From $40 Million Budget from The Dallas Morning News

In 2006, a new Thanksgiving tradition was started. The Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Denver Broncos for a third Turkey Day game -- a late game even the chef of the meal could sit back to enjoy.

Three great games next Thursday will give NFL fans plenty to be thankful for.

The Important Traditions Of Thanksgiving from The Mesquite Local News

New England linebacker Rob Ninkovich is used to surprising people.

With the season he's having, Ninkovich is becoming less of a surprise and more a staple of the Patriots' defense.

Ninkovich had two interceptions last week in the Patriots' win over the Jets, including one he returned 12 yards for a fourth-quarter touchdown. Ninkovich has started every game this season at outside linebacker and has 33 tackles, 1 1/2 sacks and a fumble recovery.

Ninkovich Making Name For Himself In Pats Defense from SeacoastOnline

He went deep along the left sideline and made a remarkable adjustment and catch on a pass that was underthrown. This play alone shows his natural ability. On his lone reception, he caught a short hitch and used his speed, strength and power to pick up an additional 8 yards after the catch. Overall, Baldwin has the skill set to be ranked with the first two receivers taken in the draft (A.J. Green and Julio Jones) but I'm not sure his maturity level is the equal of those two. That was the question going into the draft and is still the question now. Baldwin gets a "B-" for this game.

NFP Week 10 Rookie Report: Broncos-Chiefs from National Football Post

The beauty of Carter and Waters goes beyond the field. They have added a veteran presence in the locker room. They may not be captains, but they have already earned the kind of respect afforded any leader.

A two-game losing streak doesn't become three because of veteran leadership from players like Carter and Waters helping to set the tone for the week. Mention their names to anyone in the locker room, and the player being questioned soon becomes animated.

Andre Carter, Brian Waters Make Bill Look Good from The Boston Herald