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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was knocked out of Sunday's loss to the Denver Broncos after suffering a couple of injuries. Cassel was reportedly dealing with a shoulder injury, although there was not much confirmation of a shoulder specifically. The only real confirmed injury was too his hand as he was seen leaving the game wearing a cast on his throwing hand, with his index and middle fingers immobilized.
Cassel reportedly was simply too banged up to finish up the game and so the Chiefs went with Tyler Palko to finish out the game. Cassel indicated he would be ready for his homecoming against the New England Patriots next week on Monday night Football. Nonetheless, a cast is never a good sign. Todd Haley will likely chat with the press tomorrow and we should get some kind of update then.
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11-14-2011, 11:02 AM
Palko beat out Flacco at Pitt, and forced Unibrow to transfer to the Delaware Blue Hens.
11-14-2011, 12:15 PM
I just hope he isn't "so ****ing proud" of his team after the game.
At his Monday press conference, Chiefs coach Todd Haley revealed that Matt Cassel's right (throwing) hand injury will require surgery and he may be finished for the 2011 season.
Haley deemed the injury "significant," and confirmed that Tyler Palko will be the Chiefs' starter indefinitely, although rookie Ricky Stanzi is waiting in the wings.
11-14-2011, 04:58 PM
The Steelers are screwed; they make rookie quarterbacks and scrubs look like HOFers. :stirpot
11-14-2011, 05:07 PM
Signed to the Steelers Practice Squad on 11-25-09.
Promoted to Steelers Active Roster on 11-28-09.
Was Dennis Dixon's backup for 11-29-09 game against Baltimore.
Was released by Steelers on 12-9-09.
In those 2 weeks as a Steeler, he likely mastered Arians' entire playbook, and knows exactly how to defeat a LeBeau defensive scheme. We're hosed.
11-15-2011, 04:37 PM
QB Palko assumes new role as Chiefs starter
By Kevin Gorman, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Tyler Palko has worn the journeyman quarterback tag throughout a pro football career that has spanned six stops since the former West Allegheny High School star left Pitt as an undrafted free agent in 2007.
Finally, Palko can call himself an NFL starting quarterback.
And he might be starting for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Steelers, whose next game after a bye is a Nov. 27 visit to Arrowhead Stadium, which will be televised at 8:20 as the "Football Night in America" game on NBC.
First, Palko will make his first career start on "Monday Night Football" at New England. He replaces Matt Cassel, who suffered a hand injury Sunday against the Denver Broncos that Chiefs coach Todd Haley said will "probably" require surgery and could be season-ending.
"I'm really close with Matt, and we've been through a lot these last two years," Palko said. "You hate to see anybody go down like this, but it's football and you just have to be ready."
Palko completed 5 of 6 passes for 47 yards in the two-minute drill on the Chiefs' final drive Sunday, leading them to a 32-yard Ryan Succop field goal. In his career, Palko is 9 of 13 for 82 yards.
"We feel good about Tyler, or he wouldn't be here as our No. 2 quarterback," said Haley, an Upper St. Clair native. "I have belief in Tyler. In his case, there's not a lot of regular-season action to go on, but I feel like he's done a great job while he's been here of developing and getting better. He has a great understanding of how our offense works and what his role within it is. ...
"Tyler is the next in line, and he's done a terrific job of keeping himself ready. That's what the No. 2 quarterback has to do, because you don't know. At a moment's notice, you could be in there playing, just like any other position."
Haley didn't rule out the possibility of signing a free agent in addition to Palko and rookie Ricky Stanzi, a fifth-round pick from Iowa, but cited Palko's "natural leadership ability" and said he is "optimistic that we have the right guy in place to step in and get things done." The Chiefs (4-5) have lost two consecutive and are in a three-way tie with San Diego and Denver, a game behind Oakland (5-4) in the AFC West playoff race.
The sudden development had Palko's parents, Bob and Sally of Imperial, scrambling to book a trip to see the Chiefs play the Patriots next Monday at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Mass., for Tyler's first NFL start.
"It's kind of cool, but we're taking it in stride," Bob Palko said. "You're proud and you hope he's done enough for things (to work out). Everybody has that dream. He's worked hard. It hasn't worked out as he planned or everybody else thought. But it's here."
Bob Palko said he hadn't spoken to Tyler since Sunday and learned the news via ProFootballTalk.com. His mother, Laverne, and sister, Susie Dorman, were at Arrowhead Stadium for the Chiefs' 17-10 loss to the Broncos. Sally Palko has attended several games this season, but Bob's position as West Allegheny's football coach prevented him from going since the preseason.
Since leaving Pitt, where he was a three-year starter, Tyler Palko has spent time with the New Orleans Saints, Arizona Cardinals, California Redwoods of the UFL and Montreal Alouettes of the CFL before signing with the Steelers Nov. 25, 2009. He was activated four days later to the 53-man roster for the Baltimore Ravens game, where he served as backup to Dennis Dixon with Ben Roethlisberger and Charlie Batch out with injuries.
Bob Palko is amazed that his son's first start is on "Monday Night Football" against the New England Patriots and Tom Brady.
"Then he has a chance to go against Dick LeBeau and Steelers, Lovie Smith and the Bears and then Rex Ryan and the Jets and then, to top it off, they play the (Super Bowl XLV champion) Green Bay Packers,'' Bob Palko said. "How about that five-game stretch?
"What are you going to do? I just hope I don't lose my dinner."
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11-15-2011, 04:54 PM
"Then he has a chance to go against bad word LeBeau and Steelers, Lovie Smith and the Bears and then Rex Ryan and the Jets and then, to top it off, they play the (Super Bowl XLV champion) Green Bay Packers,'' Bob Palko said. "How about that five-game stretch?
Looks like the Palko family is using the PlanetSteelers.com method to clean up their language.
11-15-2011, 09:57 PM
It's a shot for the guy and all the best to him (except against us of course). He's dreamed and worked his whole life to start in the NFL one day and now his shot is here.
I'm not thinking it will happen, but could you imagine if he led the Chefs over the *'s on MNF? That would be insane and the media storytellers would be hyping the Steelers/Chefs like crazy.
11-15-2011, 10:07 PM
Hopefully it isn't Charlie Batch playing against Tyler Palko in 2 weeks.
11-28-2011, 02:40 AM
Chiefs QB Palko struggles in loss to Steelers
By Ralph N. Paulk, PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW
Monday, November 28, 2011
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Tyler Palko, a former Pitt and West Allegheny quarterback, realized his longshot dream of becoming an NFL starter when Matt Cassel went down with a broken hand two weeks ago.
In his second career start, Palko struggled mightily against the Steelers on Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium.
Palko never found his rhythm against a Steelers defense that did nothing fancy to confuse him. Instead, it was a perplexing, ugly performance by a quarterback who was seemingly startled with or without pressure.
Palko committed four turnovers — including a fumble and three interceptions — on consecutive possessions in the first half that enabled the Steelers to take a 13-6 lead en route to a 13-9 win before an angry crowd of 72,173.
"Anytime the ball leaves your hand as a quarterback, you're responsible," said Palko, who finished 18 of 28 for 167 yards and a passer rating of 40.9. "Anyway you cut it or slice it, the interceptions are on the quarterback — that's just the way it goes. I have to suffer the consequences."
The price Palko is likely to pay is losing his job to recently signed Kyle Orton. Orton, swarmed by reporters in the Kansas City locker room, said he's digested a lot in the past two or three days, and he is confident he's ready to play.
"I'm excited for the opportunity," said Orton, who lost his job in Denver to Tim Tebow. "I'm a team guy, and I'll do what I can to learn as fast as I can.
"I haven't had time to look toward the future. I'm taking it day by day."
Palko's passing numbers didn't look bad in the first half. He completed 7 of 11 passes, but two of his errant throws were picked by cornerback Ike Taylor and strong safety Ryan Mundy.
And it could have been worse for Palko if Taylor hadn't drop another aimless throw late in the third quarter. With Palko's confidence fading, Kansas City coach Todd Haley risked everything on a fake punt deep in the Chiefs' territory late in the third quarter.
Javier Arenas picked up the first down to give Kansas City a glimmer of hope, but Palko missed an opportunity to capitalize on the gamble by missing both Dwayne Bowe and tight end Leonard Pope, who were uncovered in the Steelers' secondary.
Clearly, Palko wasn't impressive enough to keep Orton from stepping into the starting lineup when the Chiefs travel to Chicago next Sunday.
More importantly, Haley appeared to lose confidence in Palko even with the Steelers clinging to a 13-6 lead going into the fourth quarter. He consistently dumped the ball off to his running backs before completing a 20-yard pass to former Pitt wide receiver Jon Baldwin to the Steelers 30 with 9:09 left.
The drive stalled at the Steelers 22 when Haley opted to put the ball in the hands of running back Jackie Battle on third-and-2. He wasn't willing to risk another Palko turnover in settling for a 40-yard Succop field goal to narrow the Steelers' lead to 13-9 with 7:11 to play.
The crowd booed Haley's decision to settle for the field goal. Actually, he didn't have much of a choice, considering he wasn't overly confident in Palko delivering on fourth down.
"We were still in the ball game, but we have to move on," Baldwin said. "I don't have a sense for who is going to start next week, but more than one person has to make plays."
Yet, despite all his troubles, Palko had a chance to pull the reeling Chiefs ahead of the Steelers when they gained possession at their 30 with 4:12 to go. He completed third-down passes to Dwayne Bowe and Steve Breaston to move the ball to the Steelers' 32-yard line with 38 seconds remaining.
But Palko's night ended as it began. Cornerback Keenan Lewis pulled in Palko's third interception with 29 seconds left to seal the Steelers' win.
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