Matt Cassel to be a game-time decision

The decision whether Matt Cassel will play Sunday in a critical game in St. Louis will be made prior to the game, the team said.

Cassel was limited in practice Friday as he was all week. He is listed as questionable. Cassel missed last week’s 31-0 loss at San Diego after he had an appendectomy Dec. 17. The Chiefs said the team’s medical staff will evaluate Cassel before making a final decision.

None of this is surprising. It was never a sure thing that Cassel would play against the Rams. But it was a good sign that Cassel practiced all week.

It is clear the Chiefs want Cassel to play, and it could be simply playing it safe. Thursday, ESPN medical expert Dr. Michael Kaplan said on "SportsCenter" that as long as Cassel’s abdomen was properly protected and Cassel could comfortably move side to side, he could likely play.

I think unless there is a setback, Cassel will try to play. Perhaps he will be pulled if there is discomfort, but I think Cassel will do all he can to get on the field.

If not, Brodie Croyle will get his second straight start, Croyle threw for 40 yards in the loss to San Diego. The Chiefs have a half-game lead over San Diego in the AFC West.

The team knows how important it is for Cassel to play. Yet, the Chiefs also know how important it is that Cassel is healthy before he plays. That’s why this decision is going to be made Sunday.