Notes: Chiefs return to Matt Cassel — for now

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel will start Thursday night’s game at San Diego.
Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel will start Thursday night’s game at San Diego.

Matt Cassel is getting another chance to be the Chiefs’ starting quarterback.

Cassel will start Thursday night’s game at San Diego because Brady Quinn has not been cleared to practice because of a concussion, regaining the starting job — at least for one week — that he lost after a dismal five-game stretch to start the season.

Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel announced Tuesday that Quinn will not be available, and that Ricky Stanzi will serve as the backup.


‘‘They will continue with their testing and evaluation and will return when the doctor releases them, and lets us know they’re OK,’’ said Crennel, adding that doctors haven’t told him how long Quinn might be out.

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Cassel was scuffling along until he sustained his own concussion a few weeks ago against Baltimore. Quinn took over for a loss to Tampa Bay, and Crennel made the move permanent during the bye week in hopes of igniting a struggling offense.

He never got much chance to see whether it worked.

Quinn was hurt in the first quarter of Sunday’s 26-16 loss to the Oakland Raiders, though it’s unclear when the injury occurred. He was sacked by Rolando McClain and then took another shot while floating a pass that was picked off by Matt Giordano.

Cassel played the rest of way, completing 20 of 30 passes for 218 yards with a touchdown and an interception. It was the 10th pick that he’s thrown in parts of six games this season.


The Chiefs (1-6) have lost four straight and still have not led in regulation this season, making them the first NFL team since at least 1940 to play seven games without taking an offensive snap with the lead, according to STATS LLC.

They’ve also turned the ball over a league-leading 25 times after four turnovers Sunday.

Whistleblower brief

Jonathan Vilma’s latest legal brief filed in an attempt to get Paul Tagliabue removed from the Saints bounty scandal hearing includes the e-mail sent from the whistleblower, former Saints assistant Mike Cerullo, to the NFL’s Greg Aiello that helped reopen the investigation, reported, which obtained a copy of the e-mail dated Nov. 2, 2011.

Cerullo was fired in 2009 after two years with the Saints. “So I have info on Saints Joe Vitt Lying to your NFL Investigators on Bounties from 2010, along with proof!!! I was there, in the cover up meetings, with players and Joe, I love the NFL and want to work there again, but I am afraid if I tell thge [sic] truth I will never coach again in NFL, But I was fired for a situation that the Saints encourage,” the e-mail reads. “The Saints are a Dirty Organization. Contact me.”

Jackson staying?

The Rams said running back Steven Jackson is not being traded. Coach Jeff Fisher did his best to quash persistent rumors, saying that the Rams aren’t shopping Jackson and have not been getting calls about him, either. Jackson, who entered the season with a franchise-record seven consecutive 1,000-yard seasons, is 11th in the NFC with 403 yards on 108 carries with a 3.7-yard average and one touchdown . . . The Buccaneers placed guard Carl Nicks, an All-Pro last season, on injured reserve. Nicks, an All-Pro with the Saints in 2011 before signing with the Bucs as a free agent, will require surgery on his left foot to repair a toe problem . . . He has started all seven games with the Buccaneers and played in all 71 of his team’s games since entering the league in 2008, including 68 consecutive starts . . . The Vikings could have safety Mistral Raymond back in action for Sunday’s game at Seattle. Raymond hurt his right ankle Sept. 23 against San Francisco and hasn’t played since because of a bone bruise . . . . . . The NFL will consider a suspension or fine of Redskins cornerback DeAngelo Hall, who was ejected from Sunday’s loss at Pittsburgh after an outburst at an official. , according to a person familiar with the situation.

Lions obtain Thomas


The Jaguars traded receiver Mike Thomas to the Lions for an undisclosed draft pick. Thomas signed a three-year extension worth $18 million last October. The Lions lost receiver Nate Burleson for the season last week. , so Thomas gives them depth behind Calvin Johnson, Titus Young, and rookie Ryan Broyles. Thomas has 13 receptions for 80 yards this season . . . The Chargers waived kicker Nate Kaeding after he passed a physical. Kaeding was placed on injured reserve Oct. 22 with a groin injury so that the team could sign wide receiver Danario Alexander. The Chargers said then that they’d release Kaeding when he was healthy. The Chargers signed Nick Novak to replace Kaeding . . . Receiver Anthony Armstrong was released by the Dolphins after making only three catches for 12 yards in the season’s first seven games . . . Wide receiver Ben Obomanu was placed on season-ending injured reserve by the Seahawks with a wrist injury suffered in Sunday’s loss to Detroit . . . Former University of Tennessee and NFL wide receiver Cedrick Wilson was indicted in an alleged test-taking fraud scheme, federal prosecutors said. The US attorney’s office for West Tennessee said Wilson had someone else take two physical education examinations for him. The test-taker was part of a ring of people who were paid by a Memphis man to take teacher certification exams for current and prospective teachers in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi, the indictment said.