Kansas City – (AP) – Newly acquired Kyle Orton didn’t arrive in Kansas City in time to practice with his teammates yesterday. Head coach Todd Haley said he had spoken with Orton over the phone and indicated Orton would join the Chiefs today. Haley said Tyler Palko would start Sunday night’s game against Pittsburgh at Arrowhead Stadium but said Orton could be available as a backup.
Orton could be ready to start the Dec. 4 game against the Bears in Chicago.
Orton has delivered some uneven performances as a starter, one reason why the Bears and the Broncos have given up on him in recent years. But he’s had some big games, none better than a 296-yard, four-touchdown showing against the Chiefs last season.
Orton has started 66 games with the Bears and Broncos in 5 1/2 NFL seasons. On that basis alone, it shouldn’t be long before he’s Kansas City’s starter. The Chiefs’ other two quarterbacks, Palko and rookie Ricky Stanzi, have one career start between them.