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Crennel: Cassel will start Sunday for Chiefs

Coach Romeo Crennel said that Matt Cassel will start at quarterback for the Chiefs in Sunday’s game against Cincinnati at Arrowhead Stadium.

Crennel said Brady Quinn, who recently suffered a concussion, has been cleared by doctors to practice but not play in a game. That clearance could come later in the week, but Crennel said he couldn’t wait any longer to make his decision.

“I can’t take the chance on practicing a guy and then not have him ready to play on Sunday,’’ Crennel said.

“(Quinn is) feeling a lot better, doing a lot better. The doctor told him he’s doing better. The doctor also told him he’s going to monitor him this week and if he makes it through the week without incident, that he could be cleared for the weekend. But he’s got to make it through the week before the doctor will clear him.”

Crennel said he would make a decision on Sunday morning whether Quinn or Ricky Stanzi would be the backup against the Bengals.

Cassel threw an interception in overtime of Monday night’s loss to the Steelers. Pittsburgh kicked the winning field goal on the next play.

Cassel’s throw was intended for a well-covered Dwayne Bowe.

“He saw that Dwayne Bowe had a chance to be open so he was throwing it to Dwayne Bowe, and the ball got tipped before it got there,’’ Crennel said in explanation.

A dream come true

Tight end DeMarco Cosby, who played in high school at Lincoln Prep and college at Central Missouri, started living the dream Wednesday when he signed with the hometown Chiefs as a member of their practice squad.

“Every kid dreams of playing for the hometown team,’’ said Cosby, who might be the only NFL player living at home with his parents. “It’s a huge opportunity for me and it’s a blessing.’’

It seemed inevitable since he left Central Missouri after the 2010 season that Cosby would at some point join the Chiefs. He’s worked out for them a total of three times since then. Since he was living in the area, Cosby practiced with the Chiefs when they held informal workouts during the lockout of 2011.

“I always had a feeling that someday I might play for the Chiefs,’’ he said. “I just never knew when that opportunity would come. When I used to envision myself playing in the NFL, it was always in a Chiefs uniform.’’

He wasn’t selected in last year’s draft, so Cosby signed afterward with the Rams. He went to camp last season with the Rams and this year with Green Bay.

Injury report

Wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin didn’t practice because of a possible concussion. Guard Jon Asamoah (thumb) and tight end Jake O’Connell (ankle) also did not practice.

Wide receiver Bowe (thigh), defensive tackle Dontari Poe (knee) and tight end Steve Maneri (ankle) were listed as limited practice participants.

The Chiefs listed Quinn as a full practice participant.