Preparing for the possibility that they could be reduced to just one healthy quarterback on Sunday, the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday night signed rookie Casey Printers to the active roster, elevating him from the practice squad, where the former CFL signal-caller spent the first seven weeks of the season.
Printers, 25, will dress for Sunday's game against Seattle, and depending upon the availability of Damon Huard, will be either the primary backup or the No. 3 "emergency" quarterback.
Huard, who has started the past five games in place of Trent Green, who suffered a severe head injury in the season opener on Sept. 10, sustained a groin injury late in Thursday's practice. He did not practice on Friday and was receiving nearly round-the-clock treatment in an attempt to rehabilitate the injury and allow him to start against the Seahawks.
Coach Herm Edwards reiterated Saturday that Huard's status will not be revisited until Sunday, and that the decision on the Chiefs' starter will not come until just before game time.
If Huard is unable to play, rookie Brodie Croyle, a third-round draft choice from Alabama, will get the first regular-season start of his NFL career. Croyle, who has been the No. 2 quarterback behind Huard during Green's absence, took the first-team snaps in the Friday practice. He has made brief appearances in two games this season, and Croyle has completed three of seven passes for 23 yards, with no touchdown passes, two interceptions and a passer rating of 11.9.
Green was cleared to participate in some segments of practice this week, throwing in seven-on-seven drills but not working in the "team" sessions, and he is not expected to return to the lineup for at least two more weeks. The head injury snapped a streak of 81 consecutive starts for the 13-year veteran.
Printers played three seasons in the CFL before signing with the Chiefs this spring. The former Florida A&M star, who began his college career at TCU but then transferred, appeared in 45 games for the British Columbia Lions, and threw for 6,763 yards and 45 touchdowns. He was chosen the CFL's most outstanding player for the 2004 season.
In the preseason, Printers appeared in four games and completed 12 of 23 passes for 109 yards, with no touchdown passes and one interception. While blessed with impressive athletic tools, Printers is considered a long-term project.
To create a roster spot for Printers, the Chiefs placed second-year offensive tackle Will Svitek on injured reserve with a knee injury.
Senior writer Len Pasquarelli covers the NFL for ESPN.com.