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Originally published November 23, 2011 at 5:49 PM | Page modified November 23, 2011 at 6:02 PM

Kansas City claims Kyle Orton off waivers

Kyle Orton was claimed off waivers Wednesday by the Kansas City Chiefs, who were searching for a veteran quarterback after losing Matt Cassel to a season-ending injury.

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Kyle Orton has a new home in the AFC West.

Orton was claimed off waivers Wednesday by the Kansas City Chiefs, who were searching for a veteran quarterback after losing Matt Cassel to a season-ending injury, a person familiar with the situation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the team had not announced the move.

Orton was released by the Denver Broncos on Tuesday, six weeks after he was benched following a 1-4 start. The former Chicago Bears starter, who passed for 3,000 yards each of his first two seasons in Denver, became expendable when the Broncos opted to go with Tim Tebow as their starter.

The Chiefs will be responsible for approximately $2.5 million remaining on Orton's nearly $8.9 million salary this season, but they had plenty of space under the salary cap to make the move. Orton can become a free agent after this season.

Several other teams were reportedly interested in Orton, including the Bears, but the Chiefs were No. 9 in the order of waiver priority and were able to land him. It's unclear when he will report to the Chiefs, though he almost certainly won't be available for Sunday's game against Pittsburgh.

Texans' Schaub goes on IR

HOUSTON — Doctors told quarterback Matt Schaub that he'll need season-ending surgery to repair a Lisfranc injury in his right foot, and Houston put Schaub on injured reserve and signed Kellen Clemens.

Kubiak was hoping Schaub might still return this season after he was hurt in Houston's 37-9 win over Tampa Bay on Nov. 13. But Schaub met with several doctors and talked to Kubiak early Wednesday about the disappointing diagnosis.

Matt Leinart will start for Houston (7-3) at Jacksonville (3-7) on Sunday. Rookie T.J. Yates, a fifth-round pick, will be the backup, and Clemens, the former Oregon quarterback, will take the No. 3 spot on the depth chart.

Notes

• Titans quarterback Matt Hasselbeck says he will start Sunday against Tampa Bay and coach Mike Munchak agrees after watching the veteran go through a limited practice Wednesday. That means backup Jake Locker, the former Husky, will not make his first start.

Hasselbeck banged his right elbow off a defender in last week's 23-17 loss to Atlanta midway through the third quarter.

• The Buffalo Bills have placed running back Fred Jackson on season-ending injured reserve because of a broken bone in his lower right leg.

The move was made hours after coach Chan Gailey said Jackson wouldn't play in Sunday's pivotal game against the New York Jets.

Jackson's absence is a significant blow to a Bills team that has dropped three straight by a combined score of 106-26.

"It's tough not having Fred out there on the field," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "We know where his heart is, and where his mind's going to be ... with us."

• New York Giants left tackle Will Beatty is scheduled to have surgery on Thanksgiving to repair a detached retina in his right eye. There is no timetable for his return.

• Arizona quarterback Kevin Kolb went through a substantial practice for the first time since his injury three weeks ago and said he is "absolutely" optimistic he will be able to play Sunday at St. Louis.

• Chicago signed quarterback Josh McCown to a one-year contract after starter Jay Cutler was sidelined for the rest of the regular season with a broken thumb.

• Cleveland running back Montario Hardesty has recovered from a calf injury and could play this week against Cincinnati after missing three straight games.

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