Kansas City Chiefs QB Matt Cassel has a sprained MCL and is likely to miss two to four weeks while it heals. Cassel injured his knee when he was sacked on the third play of a pre-season game Saturday night against the Seattle Seahawks. This injury is likely to continue the debate over how many pre-season games are necessary, and may unravel the Chiefs season before it begins.
While Cassel is recovering from this injury the Cheifs are likely to use his back up Tyler Thigpen as their starter. Thigpen was the Chiefs starter for much of the 2008 season but was only able to lead them too one win. that is why the Cheifs made the trade for Cassel in the off season. The team also signed Cassel to a six year 62 million dollar extension, so this is not the best news for the Chiefs. However Cassel will return to the Cheifs as their starter before a signifacnt portion of the season is completed.
The more interesting debate is about the pre-season. Should NFL team be playing four pre-season games that do not count towards anything? Should they be putting their star players at significant risk of injury for games that do not count and generate little revenue? These are the questions Chiefs fans, and NFL fans would like to have answered.