Orton joins Chiefs to provide QB competition

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -- Kyle Orton will have the opportunity to compete for the Kansas City Chiefs' starting quarterback job, though in all likelihood it'll be after Sunday's game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Chiefs coach Todd Haley says Orton joined the team Friday after getting picked up off waivers from Denver on Wednesday. He's expected to participate in his first practice Friday night.

That means Orton probably won't have a chance to absorb much of the playbook before the game against the Steelers. Palko will get his second consecutive start in place of injured Matt Cassel, Haley said, and fifth-round draft pick Ricky Stanzi will be the primary backup.

After that is anyone's guess.

Haley says he "wouldn't rule out anything at this point," and adds the priority is to get Orton ready to play as quickly as possible.