Report: Cassel could miss Chiefs' opener

The Kansas City Chiefs made a storybook turnaround last year, winning the AFC West with a nucleus of young talent that jelled probably a year earlier than even probably the Chiefs themselves expected.

But last year's good fortune is taking a turn for the worst on the eve of the 2011 season opening. The Chiefs have already lost tight end Tony Moeaki for the season with a torn ACL, and now might be without starting quarterback Matt Cassel for the season opener against Buffalo

According to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star, Cassel suffered a rib injury in the preseason finale against Green Bay after he and the team said he just had the wind knocked out of him.

If that is the case, are you ready for some Tyler Palko, Chiefs fans?

I think we already know the answer to that one, but then again, stranger things have happened. Once upon a time not so long ago, the St. Louis Rams lost Trent Green to a knee injury and the job fell to a former grocery store employee named Kurt Warner, who went on to start three Super Bowls, win MVP Awards and carve out a Hall of Fame caliber career.

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Terry McCormick covers the Titans for TitanInsider.com

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