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FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21:  Tyler Palko #4 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts during a game against the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on November 21, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
FOXBORO, MA - NOVEMBER 21: Tyler Palko #4 of the Kansas City Chiefs reacts during a game against the New England Patriots in the first half at Gillette Stadium on November 21, 2011 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
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Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy your day and be safe. Here is today's Kansas City Chiefs news.

The Tyler Palko era, which got its start only last week, is nearing its end.

The Chiefs brought in some competition for Palko on Wednesday when they claimed Kyle Orton, a veteran quarterback with extensive starting experience, off waivers from Denver. Orton, 29, began the season as Denver's starter but was benched last month in favor of Tim Tebow.

Chiefs Nab QB Kyle Orton Off Waivers from KC Star

Chiefs left guard Ryan Lilja will miss Sunday's game because of a head injury suffered against the Patriots Monday night. Lilja was injured on legal, but vicious peelback block from Patriots nose tackle Kyle Love during an interception return.

Rookie Rodney Hudson replaced Lilja in the lineup and looks to be in line to make the first start of his NFL career.

Arrowhead Report: Lilja To Miss Sunday's Game from The Mothership

Chiefs coach Todd Haley experimented Monday with his philosophy on receiving or deferring possession after the coin flip, opting against New England to receive the ball and try first to score against the Patriots.

Then again, there might have been something else to it.

"I wanted to wait longer to have to see Tom Brady," Haley said with a smile, referring to New England's superstar quarterback.

Lilja Misses Practice With Head Injury from KC Star

Though he didn't get a definitive answer regarding the team's plans at quarterback for Sunday's game, Palko left the discussion preparing as if he will be the starting quarterback against Pittsburgh.

"He didn't tell me either way," Palko said of the conversation with Haley. "He just said that we're full speed ahead for Pittsburgh. I was in the huddle today calling the plays and we have a really good plan that I'm fired up about."

Palko Won't Let Orton Acquisition Deter Preparation For Sunday from The Mothership

Part of a tight race in the AFC North, the Pittsburgh Steelers have had a week off to rest and hope a banged-up Ben Roethlisberger - among others - is ready for a crucial stretch run.

The Kansas City Chiefs are going to need an entire offseason to get healthy.

The Steelers don't expect Roethlisberger's broken thumb to hinder him in Sunday night's visit to Arrowhead Stadium, where the bumbling Chiefs hope Tyler Palko's first home start since taking over for the injured Matt Cassel goes much smoother than his road debut.

Pittsburgh at Kansas City from CBS Sports

There has been no bluff by coach Mike Tomlin this time, only determined action. Without warning, the Steelers coach has demoted four long-time veterans over the course of the season, the latest guard Chris Kemoeatu.

Another Veteran Steelers Starter Loses Job from The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Scott Pioli also recognized this value when he became the Chiefs general manager in 2009. He converted defensive tackle Glenn Dorsey, the No. 5 overall pick in '08, to end and spent his No. 3 overall pick in '09 on LSU'sTyson Jackson. The results, however, have been disappointing. Dorsey and Jackson are both movement-oriented players. Problem is, Kansas City's scheme is more like New England's old 3-4, where the ends cause disruption not through motion but through sheer power. 

Consequently, neither Dorsey nor Jackson have been worthy of consistent double teams. That was painfully apparent watching the Broncos-Chiefs film from Week 10.

Film Room: Steelers vs. Chiefs Preview from CBS Sports

In 1966, the Cowboys volunteered to play in a second game, and for the whole life of the AFL that league also had a Thanksgiving-day game (with two played from 1967 to '69). The Jets (actually Titans) had the best overall AFL record, with a 3-0 mark, winning from 1960 to '62.

In their inaugural Thanksgiving game, they defeated the Dallas Texans (later the Kansas City Chiefs), 41-35, with Don Maynard starring, catching 10 passes for 179 yards and scoring a touchdown.

In 2006, the NFL added a third game, which was the brainchild of AFL founder/Chiefs owner Lamar Hunt, though his plan of having Kansas City host the game every year was nixed.

The New York Week That Was (Thanksgiving Edition) from SB Nation New York

Ben Roethlisberger at KC: Roethlisberger leads Bruce Arians' high-flying passing attack against the reeling Kansas City defense that was just decimated by Tom Brady and the Patriots. "Big" Ben and his weapons are refreshed following the Bye week and will be the latest opponent to rack up a big day in Kansas City. The Chiefs cede only 230 passing yards per game, but regularly allow multiple touchdown strikes (18 touchdowns allowed).

Start Tebow, Big Ben In Week 12 from FOX Sports

Patriots utility man Julian Edelman busted open Monday night's 34-3 triumph over the Chiefs with a 72-yard punt return for a touchdown early in the third quarter. It was Edelman's second career punt return for a touchdown...

...But how exactly did he do it on Monday night? Let's put his big return under the microscope.

Breakdown: Edelman's Punt Return from ESPN Boston

It's become the conventional wisdom (CW) of the fretful following that Belichick lost his magic touch when Scott Pioli, his aide de camp in charge of personnel back in the glory days, fled to Kansas City. In the brilliance of retrospection, Pioli's player procurement skills are raised to the level of legend. We'd have cornerbacks the equal of Mel Blount and Night Train Lane if good old Scottie were still in charge, the CW maintains. Apparently the espousers of the thesis fail to notice that under the Pioli regime in KC, the Chiefs who've been doormats the last generation remain doormats. One assumes he'd have drafted no better in Foxborough.

Baffling, Bemusing and Befuddled from The Boston Pilot