Chiefs: Palko Out, Orton In at QB

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Injured-finger permitting, Kyle Orton will make his starting debut at quarterback for the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday against the Green Bay Packers.

Chiefs interim head coach Romeo Crennel made the announcement on Wednesday. Rookie Ricky Stanzi will back-up Orton as former starter Tyler Palko slides down to the number three spot on the team’s depth chart.

Crennel replaced fired head coach Todd Haley earlier this week. Haley had been one of Palko’s biggest supporters in the Chiefs organization.

The team’s offense has struggled mightily since Palko took over for an injured Matt Cassel. Palko went 1-3 as a starter, leading the Chiefs offense to only two touchdowns in that period as the team slid out of playoff contention.

Orton, who was the starting QB for the Denver Broncos when the season began before being benched for Tim Tebow and was picked up by the Chiefs off the waiver wire, injured a finger on his throwing hand during his only appearance for the Chiefs against the Chicago Bears.

Crennel says that if Orton’s hand prevents him from playing again, Stanzi will get the start against the Packers.

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