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Chiefs brace for life without Cassel

 The Chiefs have a massive game against the Chargers this week, but they'll in all likelihood be without quarterback Matt Cassel after he underwent an appendectomy yesterday. 

The Chiefs still haven't ruled Cassel out of the game, but the recovery time for the procedure, - which was done laparoscopically to promote a quicker healing process from the surgery - is usually at least 2-3 weeks. That means Brodie Croyle, who is 0-9 as a starter, would be the No. 1 quarterback in a game that could very well go a long way toward determining the AFC West championship. The Chiefs are 8-4, while the Chargers are 6-6 after last week's home loss to the Raiders. 

Cassel has been one of the most improved players this season, with 23 touchdowns and only four interceptions. The Chiefs frequent use of the running game has helped open things up in the play-action passing game, much to Cassel's benefit. 

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