KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Kyle Orton has a new home in the AFC West.
Orton was claimed off waivers Wednesday by the Chiefs, who were in the market for a veteran quarterback after losing Matt Cassel to a season-ending injury to his throwing hand.
Orton was released by the Broncos on Tuesday, six weeks after he was benched following a 1-4 start. The former 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 former Gators Heisman Trophy winner 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.
It was unclear when Orton would report, though he almost certainly won't be available Sunday against the Steelers. That means Kansas City will again start journeyman Tyler Palko, who was 24-of-37 for 230 yards and three interceptions in his first NFL start, a 34-3 loss to the Patriots on Monday night.
BILLS LOSE RB: Running back Fred Jackson will miss the rest of the season with a broken bone in his lower right leg, an injury that could derail Buffalo's once-promising season.
The Bills, who have lost three in a row, placed Jackson on injured reserve hours after coach Chan Gailey said he wouldn't play Sunday against the Jets. Jackson has 1,376 yards from scrimmage, behind only Bears running back Matt Forte (1,391).
Buffalo claimed running back Tashard Choice off waivers from the Redskins.
BEARS ADD QB: Chicago signed quarterback Josh McCown to a one-year contract. McCown will back up Caleb Hanie, who was pushed into starting duty after Jay Cutler sustained a season-ending broken thumb.
PETERSON IFFY: Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said star running back Adrian Peterson will not play Sunday against the Falcons if he cannot practice by Friday. Peterson's sprained left ankle remained in a walking boot.
SCHAUB ON IR: Texans quarterback Matt Schaub was placed on injured reserve, ending his season, and the team signed quarterback Kellen Clemens. Schaub hurt his right foot in the Nov. 13 win over the Bucs.
BRONCOS: Denver prosecutors won't file charges against defensive lineman Ryan McBean, who was arrested last month after a former girlfriend said he was stalking her.
BROWNS: Running back Montario Hardesty has recovered from a calf injury and could play Sunday against the Bengals after missing three games.
CARDINALS: Quarterback Kevin Kolb, who has missed three games with a right turf toe and a bruise on the side of the same foot, went through a substantial practice for the first time since his injury and said he is optimistic he will play Sunday against the Rams.
COLTS: Coach Jim Caldwell told players and reporters that quarterback Curtis Painter will make his eighth start Sunday against Carolina.
EAGLES: Quarterback Michael Vick did not practice because of broken ribs, and it's uncertain whether he will play against the Patriots on Sunday.
FALCONS: Rookie receiver Julio Jones is expected to be back at practice today, and coach Mike Smith said he should play Sunday against the Vikings if he gets through a couple of practices without reinjuring his ailing right hamstring.
GIANTS: Left tackle Will Beatty is scheduled to have surgery today to repair a detached retina in his right eye.
RAIDERS: Rookie receiver Denarius Moore was held out of practice and wore a protective boot on his right foot, and veteran T.J. Houshmandzadeh also sat out the workout.