Lilja took "100%" of the blame for the goal-line fumble.
"I can't do that. There's no excuse for it," Lilja, a guard who's filling in at centre, told the Chiefs radio network. "That's basic football, getting the ball into the quarterback's hands. That's on me. I left it short."
Asked whether Cassel, if healthy, would start next week at Tampa Bay, Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel said "we'll have to evaluate it and we'll see."
Asked if he had been considering a change at quarterback before Cassel got hurt, Crennel said: "You guys are always 'what ifs.' No, I was not."
Asked if Quinn provides something that Cassel doesn't, Crennel said: "We'll find out, if he's the quarterback "¦ I was pleased with what he did today, in the time that he got in. He hasn't had many practice reps."
He'll probably get more. Starting immediately.
BRADSHAW, GIANTS RECOVER AGAINST BROWNS
New York Giants head coach Tom Coughlin throws compliments around like NHL commissioner Gary Bettman throws bones to the NHLPA.
So it was impressive indeed when Coughlin said this after his running back, Ahmad Bradshaw, rushed for 200 yards on 30 carries Sunday in a 41-27 victory over the visiting Cleveland Browns.
"He is as physically tough and as competitive as anyone I have ever been around," Coughlin said of Bradshaw.
No less surprising, perhaps, is that Coughlin did not bench Bradshaw (even briefly), even though the veteran fumbled on the first play of the game, which gave Cleveland all the momentum en route to an early 14-0 lead.
"You know what? We fight back," Bradshaw said of the fumble. "We play better with our backs to the wall.
"I just ran angry today. I'm mad at myself for the fumble."
Upon being told what Coughlin said about him, Bradshaw said, "I love this game more than anybody. I put all my heart into it and I just feel I'm one of the toughest out there."
Bradshaw's performance overshadowed that of dazzling Browns rookie Trent Richardson, who continually summoned all of his many impressive running skills merely to scrounge 81 yards.
Eli Manning again had the hot hand for the Giants, throwing for 259 yards and three touchdowns, all to Victor Cruz.
RGIII SUFFERS CONCUSSION
For the Atlanta Falcons, it's 5-0.
For the Washington Redskins, it's uh-oh.
Visting Atlanta rallied to score 10 points in the final 7:42 to win 24-17, and become the first Falcons team to win its first five games.
The bigger loss for the Redskins (2-3) might be rookie quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Midway through the third quarter, Griffin took off to run for only the second time on the day, in the red zone with the game tied 7-7. As RGIII reached the sideline, he got greedy and tried to gain a couple more yards before beginning his slide.
Falcons linebacker Sean Weatherspoon creamed him, legally, colliding at full speed into the left side of Griffin's head.
Griffin was woozy. Afterward, head coach Mike Shanahan said RGIII came to the sideline and didn't know the score, or what quarter it was.
"We knew he had a mild concussion, at least according to the doctors. (Griffin) feels good right now, a lot better right now," Shanahan said. "But that was the situation and why he didn't go back into the game.
"He'll have to go through a number of tests before he's cleared "¦ Then we'll find out as time goes by and see how he does on those tests."
Griffin's backup, fellow rookie Kirk Cousins from Michigan State, played ably for a while - he threw a TD bomb to Santana Moss for a 17-14 lead -- but then tossed two meek interceptions in the waning minutes, after Atlanta had stormed back to take the lead for good on a Michael Turner TD run.
SUGGS EYES OCT. RETURN
We should have believed Terrell Suggs.
The Baltimore Ravens' star linebacker vowed he would return this season, even though he partially tore his Achilles tendon in April during an off-season conditioning workout.
And according to ESPN, Suggs is aiming to return for the Ravens' big game Oct. 21 at Houston against the Texans.
But with a bye Oct. 28, the team might opt to hold him out until November, in time for Baltimore's two games (in three weeks) against arch-rival Pittsburgh, ESPN reported.
Suggs is on the Ravens' physically unable to perform list, meaning he is ineligible to play until Week 7.
He was AP's NFL defensive player of the year 2011, with 14 sacks.
NFL TO PROBE BILLS
The NFL is investigating why the wrist injury that defensive end Mario Williams keeps bringing up has not been included on the Buffalo Bills' injury reports, ESPN reported Sunday.
Teams must disclose all injuries that might hamper a player's performance.
NFL spokesman Greg Aiello told ESPN that "the club says he is not injured. We will follow up this week to obtain a formal explanation."
Williams has not missed any reps in practice, nor has the club ever doubted he would play in any game this season, the report said.
Last Wednesday, Williams told reporters it's "just a little deal going on" with his left wrist. Asked why the injury hasn't been listed, he said, "Because I play and practice."
Williams went the distance in Sunday's blowout loss in San Francisco. He was held without a sack for the fourth time in five games this year. He had 1.5 sacks against Cleveland.
Williams signed a $100-million contract in March, $50 million of which is guaranteed.
STINGY DOLPHINS STONEWALL CINCI
After a solid 17-13 win Sunday in Cincinnati, the Miami Dolphins are 2-3 and could well be 3-2 or 4-1 if it weren't for bad luck in consecutive overtime losses last month.
Most experts figured the Dolphins' supposed talent-starved roster would struggle to win even a few games. Hardly.
Their rookie quarterback, Ryan Tannehill, has improved with every game -- he's got successive passer ratings of 39.0, 50.2, 86.5, 91.0 and, against the Bengals, 92.3.
And the stingy Miami defence is the real deal.
The Bengals offence had been carving up defences for three weeks, but the Dolphins shut it down for the most part.
Miami was so stingy against the run, Cincinnati's leading rusher was BenJarvus Green-Ellis, with 14 yards. He shouldn't feel too bad.
Previous game-high rushers against the Fins this year include Ryan Williams of Arizona (26 yards), Shonn Greene of the Jets (40 yards), Darren McFadden of the Raiders (22) and Arian Foster of the Texans (79).
It all starts with Miami's stout defensive line, and its most dynamic performer there is end Randy Starks. His interception of Andy Dalton turned the tide against the Bengals.
"We won the turnover margin today," Dolphins head coach Joe Philbin said. "We told the guys in the team meeting Tuesday there are some great things about what we're doing, and there are some things we've got to fix. The first thing on the slide was the giveaway/takeaway margin. We won that one today and won the game."
49ERS ANNIHILATE BILLS
How terrible is the Buffalo Bills’ defence?
Start here: The San Francisco 49ers piled up 621 yards of total offence in a 45-3 annihilation of the Bills.
That yardage total is a 49ers franchise record, surpassing the best days from Joe Montana, Steve Young, Jerry Rice and co.
And let’s be clear here. Current San Francisco quarterback Alex Smith, for a livin’ fact, is no Joe Montana or Steve Young.
Yet Smith dissected the Bills defence for 303 yards on 18-of-24 passing, while Frank Gore ran for 106 yards. Michael Crabtree caught six balls for 113 yards, and Vernon Davis snared five for 106.
So, yeah, THAT terrible.
The 49ers had never had a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher and two 100-yard receivers in the same game.
The word “vaunted” and “Bills defence” won’t soon be used again. This outfit stinks.
When you add the 580 yards and 52 points the Bills surrendered last week to the New England Patriots, they’ve been gutted to the tune of 97 points and 1,024 total yards the past two games.
The Bills offence was as bad as the defence, if that’s possible.
Beleaguered quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick threw for only 126 yards against the great 49ers defence, while Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller picked up only 29 and 24 yards, respectively, on the ground.
It is unimaginable how this promising season for the Bills could have crumbled any worse after five games.
“It’s not all my fault, but it starts with me,” said Bills head coach Chan Gailey, whose record in Year 3 fell to 12-25. “That’s my responsibility. And I understand that.
“Something’s gotta change … We’re going to evaluate everything.”