Peter King Says He'd Be Surprised If Chiefs Matt Cassel Doesn't Start Sunday Against Buffalo Bills

Chiefs fans hope the rumor isn't true that Cassel could be dealing with a cracked rib.

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Peter King Says He'd Be Surprised If Chiefs Matt Cassel Doesn't Start Sunday Against Buffalo Bills

There’s no denying the Kansas City Chiefs had a weekend to forget. The horrible news that Tony Moeaki, the talented second-year tight end, was gone for the season was only the foundation as the news also leaked out that Matt Cassel reportedly has a cracked rib or more. The Chiefs haven’t directly addressed Cassel’s situation, but it’s clear that something is going on there when looking back on the final preseason game against the Packers.

That brings up questions for the upcoming game against the Buffalo Bills, but Sports Illustrated’s Peter King doesn’t believe it will keep Cassel out. Instead, he believes Chiefs fans will at least have their QB in tow, whether or not he’s in pain.

Peter King addressed the injury rumors with his thoughts today in MMQB. He writes, “I think I’d be very surprised if Matt Cassel doesn’t start Sunday despite his bruised or broken ribs. That’s a pain-tolerance thing, and I’m sure Cassel will fight the doctors to let him play.”

That seems to be the general consensus given that fans have watched various star quarterbacks play through such an injury over the last few years. Donovan McNabb, Brett Favre and Ben Roethlisberger have all done the same. It does matter, however, if the ribs are fractured or cracked or even if the placement of the injury is too high. Time will tell as the Chiefs publicly address the situation.

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Even If Chiefs Matt Cassel Has Cracked Rib, He Could Still Play Against Bills In Week One

Two things need to be stated up front. First, it’s just a rumor at this point that Matt Cassel has a cracked rib. Secondly, if true, the severity is not known at this time. That said, for those who instantly jump to the worst case scenario wondering what the Chiefs will do with either Tyler Palko or the Ghost of Dave Krieg under center, there’s hope for Cassel’s ability to play next Sunday against the Buffalo Bills in week one of the NFL regular season.

Over the last few years, several star players have played with cracked or even fractured ribs. Looking back at Super Bowl XLIII, Ben Roethlisberger led the Pittsburgh Steelers to a world championship with fractured ribs. Tom Brady played several games late in 2009 with multiple broken ribs. Donovan McNabb, Brett Favre, Chad Ochocinco and Devin McCourty have all played through the same. In other words, sometimes you just play through it.

Of course, that does mean that Cassel will be limited and need to be careful so it’s not as if this is an injury he can or will just shrug off. And if a cracked/fractured rib is bad enough or the wrong rib, then it could take him out. But if the rumor proves to, and at this point it’s just that, then Cassel’s injury isn’t the end of the world for Chiefs fan. They have to hope that it’s not too bad if there is an injury at all.

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