Quarterback Kyle Orton, awarded to the Kansas City Chiefs this week after a waiver claim, joined his new team for Friday evening’s practice, but he might have joined the Chiefs too late to be active Sunday night against Pittsburgh.
Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said Friday that Orton, whom Denver released earlier this week, might be the Chiefs’ third quarterback Sunday, behind starter Tyler Palko and rookie Ricky Stanzi. Other than this past Monday, when the Chiefs went with two quarterbacks, the team has kept the third quarterback inactive for each of its games.
"I wouldn’t rule out anything at this point, other than Tyler starting the game," Haley said. "We’ll just have to see."
Haley said much of Orton’s participation would be determined by how quickly the Chiefs can familiarize him with the team’s offense and its way of going about its business.