KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - — Tyler Palko's dream is about to come true at what may be the worst possible time for Kansas City.
The 28-year-old journeyman, who was passed up by every NFL team in the 2007 draft and once got cut by the UFL's California Redwoods, gets his first NFL start on Monday night against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. He got the nod when Matt Cassel underwent surgery this week on his throwing hand.
If Cassel is out for the season, Palko could have seven games to prove his worth to a Kansas City team that has been devastated by injury.
He's thrown only 13 passes in the NFL. But fans looking for reasons to be optimistic can point to the fact he passed for more career yards at Pittsburgh than Dan Marino.