Cassel knocked out of Ravens game

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Quarterback Matt Cassel has been knocked out of the Chiefs' game against Baltimore on Sunday after getting hit by the Ravens' Haloti Ngata while attempting a pass.

Cassel remained flat on his back for several minutes before getting helped up and walking off the field under his own power. Brady Quinn started warming up and entered the game to a round of applause.

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Cassel has been the subject of much angst by Chiefs fans during a 1-3 start to the season, and a banner towed by an airplane before the game implored coach Romeo Crennel to bench Cassel -- and the Chiefs to fire general manager Scott Pioli.

Cassel was 9 of 15 for 92 yards and two interceptions when he left the game.

Local fans gathered at Johnny's Tavern in the Power and Light District following the game.

They stressed while they aren't happy that Cassel has sustained injuries, they are glad to have him on the sidelines.

Fans said it's time for a change after what they're calling a disastrous season. They also stated that Cassel being benched could be a turning point for the chiefs.

"I'm sorry he got hurt, but I will say it was refreshing and gave the team some energy when Quinn came in," said fan Jeanette Schmeltz.

"It's time for them to turn it around. They've had a few losing seasons and it's really time to get it going again," added Mick Dorsey.

The Chiefs haven't officially announced if Cassel's injuries will keep him out of the game next week, saying only that "his return is questionable."

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