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Haley said Tyler Palko would start Sunday night's game against Pittsburgh at Arrowhead Stadium but said Orton could be available as a backup.
Orton could be ready to start the Dec. 4 game against the Bears in Chicago.
"Our goal will be to assimilate him as quickly as possible into our system," offensive coordinator Bill Muir said. "We'll play the best person. If he can help us win a football game ... then he'll be the starting quarterback."
Thanksgiving is often a time that is celebrated with family and friends gathered around a table full of food. However, the Kansas City Chiefs realize that isn't a possibility for everyone. That's why the organization has hosted several hunger-relief events throughout the month of November. However, the Chiefs stay focused on helping to feed our neighbors regularly. In all, the Red and Gold has spent more than 550 volunteer hours and donated nearly $100,000 to hunger-relief initiatives throughout 2011.
The Chiefs Give Thanks This Year By Helping To Feed Our Neighbors from The Mothership
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"I remember Tyler quite vividly," Tomlin said. "He was a part of us in 2009, his brother was a young front office personnel man for us as well and I know his dad also. They are just good football people with great football character. He's a very sharp guy, a quick study and just an impressive young man."
Palko filled a short-term need for the Steelers in 2009 after quarterbacks Ben Roethlisberger and Charlie Batch were injured in an overtime loss at Arrowhead Stadium. Pittsburgh needed an emergency depth and Palko possessed traits the Steelers' front office desired.
Arrowhead Report: Chiefs Defense Looks For Continued Pressure from The Mothership
"Pittsburgh, much like Kansas City, it's a blue-collar town and has survived hard times; has shown resiliency to have survived hard times," Haley said. People from this area, Pittsburgh and those types of places - that have been through the ups and downs of our country, and specifically within those areas - have a built-in resiliency to hold up during duress, pressure, whatever it is."
The Chiefs, of course, have been under pressure and duress during much of this season. They're 4-6 and mired in their second three-game losing streak. They'll play the Steelers on Sunday night in a nationally televised game and to win, the Chiefs will have to build from that adversity.
The fact Orton might return to Mile High on the opposing sideline was a risk the Broncos were willing to take. With quite a few teams in the market for a quarterback, the Broncos realized they were dangling quite a catch out there. They did so partly because they wanted to get the balance of Orton's nearly US$9-million deal off the books even though they lost the compensatory draft pick they would have received had he stayed in Denver for another six weeks.
The Broncos decided to let Orton get a fresh start somewhere else rather than stand on the sideline in Denver, where Brady Quinn had been bumped up to No. 2 on the depth chart.
Kansas City Chiefs Quarterback Kyle Orton Can't Escape Denver Or Tebow from The National Post
One of the main goals for the Steelers each game is to convert a higher percentage of third downs than their opponent.
This year, that goal has been most important.
Pittsburgh is 7-0 when it converts a higher percentage of third downs than the opponent, and 0-3 when it does not.
Winning Third Down Is Goal For Steelers from The Washington Observer-Reporter
Detectives are headed to the Giants' practice facility in New Jersey today to ask if any players witnessed last week's deadly shooting at trendy Juliet Supperclub...
...Several Giants were among the 300 people at the Manhattan club that night. The crowd also included members of the NFL's Kansas City Chiefs and several lockout-idled NBA players.
No one suspects that any Giants or other athletes were involved in the shooting, said a police source.
Cops Huddling With Giants In Club Slay from The New York Post
Kansas City, Derrick Johnson, linebacker: Johnson is having a terrific season and is leading the AFC West with 83 tackles. Johnson was very active in Week 11 at New England and shined with 12 tackles despite the 31-point loss. If the Chiefs have any chance to stick with the Steelers in Week 12, Johnson will need to continue to make plays.
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Two years later, Brett Keisel is still stunned.
Ask the Pittsburgh Steelers defensive end how the then-defending Super Bowl champions lost five straight games late in the 2009 season to knock themselves out of playoff contention and his rapidly expanding beard shakes from side to side...
...Perhaps the most stunning loss during the slide was a 27-24 overtime defeat in Kansas City, a game in which the Steelers outgained the then-2-7 Chiefs by more than 200 yards and enjoyed a 10-point second-half lead.
Steelers Staying Focused As Struggling Chiefs Loom from The Intelligencer/ Wheeling News-Register