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Cassel has 'significant' hand injury

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Former Patriots QB Matt Cassel.

Bad news for those hoping to see former Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel in action Monday night at Gillette Stadium. Can we interest you in the first career start of Tyler Palko?

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel could be lost for the season with what his coach calls a significant injury to his throwing hand.

Coach Todd Haley refused to say Monday whether the team had discussed putting Cassel on injured reserve, but he did say "it's a possibility" when asked whether Cassel would be done for the year.

"He will probably have to have surgery at some time," Haley said. "The length of it, we're not sure, but there's some optimism. Each person it varies, but it's a difficult injury."

The Chiefs have already lost All-Pro running back Jamaal Charles, Pro Bowl safety Eric Berry, tight end Tony Moeaki and linebacker Brandon Siler to season-ending injuries.

Cassel hurt his right hand near the end of the Chiefs' 17-10 loss to Denver on Sunday. The injury appeared to occur when Cassel was sacked by Elvis Dumervil and Von Miller, though Haley wasn't sure if it was the hit or the way Cassel landed on the turf that caused it.

"This has been a fluid situation," Haley said.

Tyler Palko played the final offensive series against Denver, leading the Chiefs to a field goal, even though Cassel said after the game that he wanted to play.

"I was a little banged up, so that's what kept me out," Cassel said, adding that he thought he'd be OK to play at New England next Monday night. "I wanted to go but I was told not to."

The injury turned out to be more severe than anyone expected.

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