[picappgallerysingle id=”10337192″]After what appears to have been an emergency appendectomy on Wednesday, it appears highly unlikely that quarterback Matt Cassel will play Sunday against the Chargers in San Diego.
The Chiefs have promoted Tyler Palko from the practice squad, and backup quarterback Brodie Croyle took all the snaps in Wednesday’s practice. So is Croyle, winless in nine career starts, going to go out and throw for 300 yards and 2 touchdowns to Dwayne Bowe on Sunday? It’s possible, but probably not likely.
Don’t expect the Chiefs to put the game in the hands of Croyle. Rather, it is probably far more likely that the Chiefs will try and pound the ball with running backs Thomas Jones and Jamaal Charles. Of course, the Chargers do boast the league’s fifth-best rush defense, all the more reason for offensive coordinator Charlie Weis to throw a few wrinkles into the game plan on Sunday.
After a five-week hiatus, wide receiver/running back Dexter McCluster returned last week against the Broncos, and he would appear to be the ideal equalizer in the game plan against the Chargers. Don’t be surprised if Weis runs a few plays with Jones, Charles, and McCluster in the Chiefs’ backfield. I wouldn’t go so far as to predict a triple-option from Weis on Sunday, but some variation of the Wildcat seems likely.
Croyle, who is good with play-action and has an excellent deep arm, would also be a good candidate to catch the Chargers on a big play or two in the passing game. Whatever the Chiefs decide to do on Sunday, it looks like they’ll do it without their starting quarterback, and with a two-game lead in the AFC West, they may as well break out the trick plays until he gets back.