Cassel to start for Chiefs on Monday night

Cassel’s 60.4 completion percentage this season is his highest since joining the Chiefs in 2009.

(SportsData) — The Kansas City Chiefs will start Matt Cassel at quarterback against the Pittsburgh Steelers on Monday night because Brady Quinn has not been cleared for contact following his Week 8 concussion.

Cassel started the Chiefs’ first five games of the season before sustaining a concussion of his own and subsequently being replaced by Quinn during the team’s bye in Week 7. It is not yet known whether Quinn will even be able to serve as the backup on Monday night. If he is not ready, Ricky Stanzi will be the No. 2 quarterback.

For the season, Cassel has thrown for 1,549 yards, six touchdowns and 11 interceptions. His 68.9 passer rating is 31st in the NFL. In parts of three games, Quinn has yet to throw a touchdown pass and has been picked off three times.

Monday night promises to be a tough matchup for Cassel and the 1-7 Chiefs. The Steelers lead the NFL in pass defense, allowing 174 yards per game through the air.


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