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Matt Cassel Injury: Chiefs QB Could Return For End Of 2011 Season

Matt Cassel had successful surgery on his right hand late Monday evening, as Chiefs head coach Todd Haley holds out hope that the QB can return before the end of the season.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel underwent successful surgery to his right hand Monday evening, and head coach Todd Haley is holding out hope that Cassel might return this season. Cassel suffered a severe injury to his right throwing hand in the Chiefs 17-10 loss to the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

Per Kent Babb of the Kansas City Star, who spoke with Haley after the surgery:

"We’re just giving as much time as we can to see where he is," Haley said, "and as we make decisions, we’re going to let you know. But we have not done anything with Matt yet, as far as his status."

Tyler Palko has been tapped to step in and start in place of Cassel, as the 5th-year pro from Pittsburgh will be asked to keep the Chiefs in the hunt for the AFC West divisional title. The Chiefs, who sit at 4-5, are in a three-way tie for 2nd place in the division and are just one game back of the division-leading Oakland Raiders.

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