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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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Good morning, Chiefs fans! We have a pretty good lineup of Kansas City Chiefs news in today's Arrowheadlines. We'll start things off with the Chiefs' continuing work with Toys for Tots. Enjoy.

Now in its 46th season, the Chiefs Toys for Tots drive dates back further than any other NFL franchise and this year's project will again be one that helps meet a significant need for area children. The Marines are asking Chiefs fans to donate new and unwrapped toys for boys and girls up to age 13. Again this year, there is a particular need for toys that older children can utilize.

All the toys will be collected at the Arrowhead Stadium entrances by members of the Marines' 24th Regiment. Gates into the stadium open at 5:30 p.m. and kickoff for Sunday's game is scheduled for 7:20 p.m.

Chiefs And Local Marines To Host The 46th Annual Toys For Tots Collection At This Weekend's Game from The Mothership

"I wouldn't rule out anything at this point, other than Tyler starting the game," Haley said. "We'll just have to see."

Haley said much of Orton's participation would be determined by how quickly the Chiefs can familiarize him with the team's offense and its way of going about its business.

Orton Joins Chiefs For His First Practice from KC Star

KC Star Video: Chiefs Running Back Thomas Jones On The Upcoming Steelers Game

NFL.com Video: Playbook: Steelers vs. Chiefs

"He gets that tight jersey on, and you see that little belly and you say, ‘Bad body,' " said offensive coordinator Bill Muir of Hudson. "But he's stout. I was impressed with him the other night under difficult circumstances. On the road, in the noise, in a situation where we had to throw the football - he's got poise uncommon for a rookie.

"One game doesn't make a career, but it was more than encouraging. He's more than ready for what we're going to be asking him to do against Pittsburgh."

Chiefs Asking More Rookies To Step Up As Season Moves On from KC Star

Though he declined to discuss specifics of the injury, Cassel's hand required surgical repair and he was officially placed on injured reserve November 21st.

He described the recovery process as a "week-to-week type of thing."

"I was disappointed in the fact that I wouldn't be able to continue on with the team," Cassel said. "You try to get a role in some way and continue to contribute to the team, and to help with Tyler (Palko) and whoever else is out there."

Arrowhead Report: Hudson Readies For First Start from The Mothership

Offensive coordinator Bill Muir, who had been in the booth for the Chiefs' first nine games, moved to the sideline for Monday night's game at New England. There wasn't much of a noticeable difference, but Muir said he's planning to remain on the field.

"It gives you a feel for, not only the way the game is flowing, but you have the opportunity to look into the eyes of your players and you're able to answer questions," he said. "It's a little bit more of a hands-on position."

Chiefs Buzz: Cassel Speaks from KC Star

OPENING REMARKS: "Hope everybody had a Happy Thanksgiving. Continuing our preparation for a big, big game for us. We're doing the night thing again just to try to get our guys acclimated to being on that schedule, which is always an adjustment when you're practicing in the morning and at noon time. Pushing it back seems to help the guys get acclimated to what is going on. So, that's the schedule we're on. We understand the sense of urgency that we must have and we understand that our margin of error is very small at this point, so all things lead to us going out and playing more consistent football for 60 minutes and figuring out a way to win a big game."

Q&A With Todd Haley 11/25 from The Mothership

Q: Speaking of Virginia Tech, one of the Chiefs' cornerbacks is a former Hokie, Brandon Flowers. How good is he?

A: "I know Brandon well. We played together at Virginia Tech for two years. He's an exceptional player, probably one of the most under-rated corners in the league. In college, he used to line up on the other teams best receiver week in and week out and make him null and void."

Q&A: Steelers LB Jason Worilds from The Beaver County Times

If Palko fails to ignite a stagnant offense that produced just one touchdown and three field goals in the last three games, they will probably turn to newly acquired veteran Kyle Orton to play quarterback for them in the following week's game at Chicago.

Orton could be available against the Steelers as a backup.

Kansas City Chiefs Team Report: Tyler Palko Could Be Making Last Start For Team from SportingNews

The Steelers, meanwhile, survived a major scare in their last outing, a critical 24-17 victory at fellow AFC North resident Cincinnati on Nov. 13. Quarterback Ben Roethlisberger fractured his right thumb during the contest yet remained under center, with the two-time Super Bowl champion managing 245 yards and a touchdown with one interception on 21-of-33 passing.

Roethlisberger was fitted with a splint during Pittsburgh's Week 11 bye and practiced without incident in the days leading up to Sunday's tilt, though it's unclear as to whether the injury will affect his performance.

Rested Steelers Striving To Extend Chiefs' Recent Woes from FOX News

One thing we've learned about Belichick is he is a game diagnostician. Brady is the eyes and ears and Belichick trusts him. Even when you have a future hall of famer making you look like a rank amateur, you still have problems. At least show up and make it a fight. 

Todd Haley is totally overmatched and has been for most of the year. I'll give Romeo Crennel some props at being able to slow down the New England offense in the first quarter but there was precious little slowing down the remainder of the game.

Patriots Demonstrate "The Way" from Warpaint Illustrated

Head coach Mike Tomlin was asked Tuesday about Ward's place on the depth chart.

"That is to be determined," he said, according to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. ... "Obviously, Hines is a very capable man, as are some others. We will do what is best in terms of giving us an opportunity to win this game."

Ward's touches could be even tougher to come by going forward. One of Pittsburgh's other young wideouts,Emmanuel Sanders, is expected to return to the lineup either this Sunday or next after missing time with a knee injury.

Ward Unlikely To Regain Starting Job Anytime Soon from CBS Sports

Anytime Kyle Orton is pulling every string possible NOT to play for you, you've probably lost your mystique. Let's foreclose on Arrowhead's "Toughest Place to Play" title and give it to Whatever the Hell They're Calling Seattle's Stadium Now.

It's A Black Friday Half-Mailbag from Grantland

If the Chiefs are to have a chance to knock off the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night, they will have to pressure quarterback Ben Roethlisberger. And it's possible. Roethlisberger -- who is dealing with a thumb injury -- has been sacked 31 times in 10 games. He is tied with St. Louis' Sam Bradford for being sacked the most this season. Kansas City pressured New England's Tom Brady in the first half with three sacks Monday night, but couldn't get to Brady in the second half. It must bring consistent pressure Sunday night.

Final Word: AFC West from ESPN