Orton's entry was scripted; undergoing further evaluation on injured finger

Posted Dec 4, 2011

Kyle Orton exited Sunday's game injured after his first snap as a Chiefs quarterback

CHICAGO, IL – The Chiefs won’t have additional information on quarterback Kyle Orton’s injured right index finger until Monday.

Orton entered Sunday’s game for starter Tyler Palko on the first play of the second quarter, but exited after just one play when he took a hit from Bears safety Major Wright. Orton’s throwing motion carried his hand into Wright on a flea-flicker pass attempt.

Orton signaled for Palko to re-enter the game and wouldn’t return.

“I don’t know if I hit it on the guy’s hand or whatever, you know,” Orton said. “I just popped it out and it was some bad luck.”

Orton’s entry was scripted and not a reaction to Palko’s play.

“We had a little plan, in addition to having him ready to play, if needed,” head coach Todd Haley said. “We weren’t making a quarterback change, so to speak. I want to strategically be careful about what I say. But I felt good about both guys being prepared to play and get the job done.”

Though the Chiefs had yet to score any points, Palko was four-of-five passing with 27 yards and no turnovers at the point of his exit. He handed the ball off three straight times to end the first quarter.

Orton’s first snap came on a 2nd-and-10 to start the second quarter.

“We had to get him prepared to play, and I said all week, he may have to play, but he may not,” head coach Todd Haley said. “We did have some things that we wanted to think about doing with him obviously, because you saw the play he was in there for.”

The Chiefs have already lost one quarterback to a hand injury this season. Orton was claimed off waivers after Matt Cassel required season-ending surgery on his throwing hand.

“We’ll see here as we move forward in the week,” Haley said of Orton’s injury. “Right now, I don’t have much to give you.”

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