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Kyle Orton reportedly acquired by Kansas City Chiefs

November 23, 2011 |  2:16 pm

The Kansas City Chiefs have claimed former Denver Broncos quarterback Kyle Orton off waivers, according to the Associated Press, which cited an unnamed person familiar with the situation.

The Broncos waived Orton on Tuesday. Orton was benched six weeks ago and replaced by Tim Tebow after Denver opened 1-4.

The Chiefs were in need of an experienced quarterback after Matt Cassel sustained a season-ending injury to his right hand Nov. 13.

Kansas City will take over Orton's contractual rights. He is owed about $2.58 million for the rest of the season.

The Chicago Bears and Dallas Cowboys also claimed Orton on waivers but the Chiefs were awarded the quarterback because they had the worst record of the three teams.

The Bears were looking for help after starting quarterback Jay Cutler was sidelined for six to eight weeks with a broken right thumb. Orton had played for the Bears from 2005-10 before he was traded to Denver.


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 Photo: Kyle Orton. Credit: Doug Pensinger / Getty Images