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Brady Quinn hurt; Ricky Stanzi could start for Chiefs

  • By Kevin Patra NFL.com
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The Kansas City Chiefs might start a different backup quarterback Sunday when they take on the Indianapolis Colts.

Romeo Crennel said Monday that Brady Quinn injured his ribs in Sunday's 15-0 loss to the Oakland Raiders and the team could turn to second year pro Ricky Stanzi.


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"There's a possibility," Crennel said of Stanzi playing Sunday, via the Kansas City Star. "Like I said last week, there's a possibility, and I mentioned injuries as one of the reasons. We'll see what Brady looks like, and then we'll make some decisions and go from there."

Crennel also said health won't be the only factor in his decision. As the Star points out, under Quinn the Chiefs haven't scored a point in seven quarters, since Jamaal Charles' 80-yard touchdown run on the first play of Week 14's 30-7 loss to the Cleveland Browns. Matt Cassel, who started the season at quarterback, has been equally as pathetic.

Stanzi has yet to play a regular season snap in two seasons after a stellar college career at Iowa, where he passed for 7,377 yards and 56 touchdowns in three seasons as the starter. But he won't be facing a Big Ten defense on Sunday.

The Chiefs have myriad problems and questions, and Ricky Stanzi isn't the answer -- unless the question is: "Who should hold the clipboard this week?"

That they have three backup quarterbacks on the roster falls on the head of general manager Scott Pioli, and unfortunately for Chiefs fans there is no surefire Andrew Luck or RG3-type quarterback in the 2013 NFL Draft.

The rough years in Kansas City could continue if there isn't a major overhaul of personnel and talent both on and off the field.

Follow Kevin Patra on Twitter @kpatra.

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