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Cassel is active; starting status uncertain

ST. LOUIS -- Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel is active for Sunday’s game against the St. Louis Rams.

The Chiefs have not announced if Cassel or his backup, Brodie Croyle, will start. Cassel had an appendectomy Dec. 8 and he missed last week’s game against San Diego, a 31-0 loss. Croyle, who is 0-10 as an NFL starter, was 7-of-13 for 40 yards in the defeat. Kansas City had 67 yards of total offense in the game.

Cassel was not doing much when the Chiefs were on the field for warm-ups about one hour and 45 minutes before kickoff Sunday. He was throwing short passes and he did not work with any receivers. Croyle was, however, throwing to receivers.

Cassel was limited all week in practice. This is a crucial game for the 8-5 Chiefs, who lead San Diego (8-6) by a half-game in the AFC West.

I will post an update on who will start at quarterback for Kansas City when it is announced. The decision could be made right before the game.