DENVER (CBS4) – It appears likely that Kyle Orton will be throwing passes at Sports Authority Field at Mile High again next year. On the first day of next year, to be exact.

The Kansas City Chiefs have claimed the former Broncos quarterback off waivers.

The Broncos face their AFC West division opponent in the last game of the season — Jan. 1 — at home in what could be a key game for a Denver team that now has playoff hopes.

The Broncos waived Orton on Tuesday, leaving only starter Tim Tebow and backup Brady Quinn as the only quarterbacks on their active roster.

Orton started 33 games for the Broncos and lost 21 of them. He was benched at halftime during the Broncos loss to the Chargers on Oct. 9 and hadn’t seen any playing time since then.

Chiefs quarterback Matt Cassel was placed on injured reserve with a hand injury this month after being injured in the Denver game on Nov. 14 at Arrowhead Stadium.

CBS4’s Vic Lombardi interviewed Brady Quinn about Orton’s release. Listen to the interview in the clip below:


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