Chiefs Cassel out with hand injury; Jets playoff chances affected

As we detailed earlier, the New York Jets may need some help this season in making the playoffs.

After pointing out that Houston Texans quarterback Matt Schaub is out indefinitely with a foot injury, there is now word out of Kansas City that Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel could miss the remainder of the season after sustaining what coach  Todd Haley is calling a “significant” injury to his throwing hand.

Cassel hurt his right hand on Sunday during the Chiefs 17-10 loss to Denver. The injury appeared to happen when Cassel was sacked by Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller.

Haley didn’t say whether the team would put Cassel on injured reserve, but did say “it’s a possibility” when asked if he’d miss the rest of the season.

Cassel will “probably have to have surgery at some time to get it corrected,”  Haley said. “It’s a difficult injury.”

Tyler Palko is expected to start Monday night at New England.

The injury will certainly affect the Jets as the teams play December 11 at Metlife Stadium.

The Chiefs (4-5) are in a three-way tie with San Diego and Denver, all behind the AFC West-leading Oakland Raiders (5-4).


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