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Kyle Orton will split reps in practice with Tyler Palko

Newcomer will get 40 percent of work, Todd Haley says Brad Biggs

Print This November 30, 2011, 12:18 PM EST

Todd Haley called Tyler Palko the starting quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs, but said this morning that Kyle Orton will split first-team reps in practice beginning today.

The Chiefs claimed Orton off waivers from the Denver Broncos last Wednesday, and now they’re trying to give him a crash course on the offense to get him prepared in the event he is needed in Sunday’s game at the Chicago Bears.

The Chiefs (4-7) are still in the AFC West playoff race and are looking to spark their struggling offense that has bottomed out since Matt Cassel went out with a broken hand. Palko had three interceptions and lost a fumble in Kansas City’s 13-9 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night at Arrowhead Stadium.

“Tyler is our starter,” Haley said in a conference call with Chicago media. “We’ve gotta get Kyle ready to play and he might have to play, he might not. That’s the situation right now as we speak and we’re getting ready to go out there to the practice field now. We gotta get better anyway we cut it. Offensively, we’ve done a lot of good things here but we’ve done enough things that obviously keep you from winning games and scoring enough points to win games so we’re working hard and trying to keep the good things and eliminate the bad things.”

So, that will lead for the Chiefs to split reps. Haley didn’t say what will go into making the decision later in the week, but he’s been open saying the Chiefs will do whatever gives them the best chance to win the game.

“It’s not like Kyle has been sitting around here for two years,” Haley said. “We need him ready to go in any capacity. This, for us, is a five-game season. We’re in it in it in our division. We are not one of the teams that sits there and says we have no choice. We are in this thing and our goal is to try to get to the second season. It’s five games we’ve got and it starts with a very difficult in Chicago.”

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