Kansas City Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said Wednesday that Matt Cassel will start at quarterback Sunday against the Bengals because Brady Quinn still has not been medically cleared after suffering a concussion Oct. 28 against the Raiders.
“Brady does feel better. I’m glad he’s feeling better. But he hasn’t been cleared to play yet,” Crennel said. “”I can’t take the chance on practicing the guy and not having him ready.”
The start will be the third in a row for Cassel, who also started the first five before being benched in favor of Quinn. Cassel is 153 of 261 for 1,703 yards with six touchdowns and 12 interceptions this season.
For this second time this season, a review of the game film has resulted in Bengals defensive end Carlos Dunlap losing a sack.
Dunlap and Robert Geathers each were credited with half a sack of Eli Manning in the first quarter of Sunday’s 31-13 win against the New York Giants, but that has been changed and Geathers has been awarded a full sack.
Earlier this year in Washington, Dunlap had a sack of Robert Griffin III taken away when the play was deemed to be a running play.
With the most recent change, Geathers’ season sack total rises to three, while Dunlap’s falls to two, one of which came against Manning in the second quarter Sunday. On that play, it has been determined that Geno Atkins stripped Manning of the ball before the quarterback fell on it. Dunlap is still credited with the full sack, but Atkins has been awarded his first forced fumble of the season.
Wide receiver Marvin Jones (knee), cornerback Adam Jones (calf), defensive tackle Devon Still (back) and safety Reggie Nelson (hamstring) missed practice Wednesday, while linebacker Vontaze Burfict (elbow), defensive back Nate Clements (knee), center Jeff Faine (hamstring) and safety Taylor Mays (knee) were limited.
Jones hasn’t played since getting injured in the Pittsburgh game Oct. 21, and Nelson ended his string of 67 consecutive games played Sunday against the Giants.
“Reggie and Marvin are getting pretty close,” Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. “They’re both guys that have worked really hard, and they’re close to being able to get out and show me that they’re ready to play here at some point maybe this week.”