I'll be shocked if Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel trots onto the field Sunday against San Diego. If he does, it'll be a stupid, short-sighted and unnecessary risk by head coach Todd Haley, sacrificing winning now versus winning later. It'll also show that Haley has zero confidence in backup Brodie Croyle.
Cassel didn't practice yesterday, and hell, he's not practicing today. I'd call him a pussy since the recovery time from laparoscopic surgery is usually faster (but not that fast), but he did just have an organ removed on Wednesday morning and I have zero interest in seeing his guts spilled onto any field. So he gets a rare pass. The fact that there's even a question of whether Cassel might give it a go is astonishing.
The Star's Red Zone blog says Cassel's status for the game doesn't have to be declared until this afternoon. So we'll have to wait and see how it shakes out. This could be one of those sly-yet-annoying coaching tricks to keep the Chargers on high alert.
The San Diego game isn't the must-win that it was before last week's loss to the Oakland Raiders. It's important, but the January 2nd season finale with the Raiders is the game to circle on your calendars -- a game Cassel will be ready for if his health isn't foolishly put into jeopardy.