Kansas City coach Todd Haley told reporters Wednesday that it is unlikely quarterback Kyle Orton would practice later in the day. Orton suffered a finger injury in his only pass as a Chief.
The fact that Orton is not expected to practice Wednesday doesn’t automatically take him out of the mix to play Sunday at the New York Jets. But it is an indication Tyler Palko could be on his way to a fourth straight start. Palko improved some last week in a win at Chicago.
If Orton doesn’t play this week, you have to wonder how much he will play the rest of the season. Orton is a free agent at the end of the season. Kansas City claimed the remaining $2.5 million off his contract off waivers from Denver Nov. 23, but we've barely seen him.
In other AFC West nuggets:
ESPN Stats & Information has put together an impressive interactive look at the many offensive sets the Broncos have used with Tim Tebow at quarterback. Check it out. It’s well done. Meanwhile, Tebow leads off our QB Watch. ESPN.com's Rick Reilly credits John Fox for buying into Tebow and for leading the Broncos’ resurgence.
Denver linebacker Von Miler remains atop ESPN.com’s Rookie Watch,
The season of Kansas City linebacker Derrick Johnson impressed one of the best players at his position in the NFL.
The Chargers placed defensive end Luis Castillo on the injured reserve. He suffered a broken leg early in the season and he not improved. The team signed defensive end Damik Scafe to the practice squad and linebacker Nate Triplett to the 53-man roster.