The final preseason game has arrived — the Packers visit Arrowhead Stadium on Thursday — so how will Chiefs coach Andy Reid break down the playing time?
By BLAIR KERKHOFF
The Kansas City Star
He’s working on it.
“Not many decisions about who’s playing and who isn’t playing,” Reid said after Tuesday’s practice. “Everybody got opportunities today to take a look at them.”
There’s no clue about playing rotation based on Reid’s career with the Eagles. He approached the preseason in several ways.
“I’ve sat the ones, I’ve played the ones for a series, I’ve played them for a quarter, I’ve done it all,” Reid said. “They main thing you want to do is to make sure with the guys who are remaining on this team you get a good evaluation on the players.
So at the end of this thing you’re making the right moves.”
Last year, Reid rested his starters for most of the Eagles’ final preseason game, a victory over the Jets.
Quarterback Alex Smith experienced similar variety with the 49ers. Final preseason games passed with his helmet on and off.
“I played it sometimes, sometimes I didn’t,” Smith said. “Coaches’ choice.”
Charles opens up
Jamaal Charles’ interview for AXS TV, in which he discusses the Jovan Belcher murder-suicide, was to appear on Tuesday night.
The fateful day in December was especially impactful for Charles, whose wife was the cousin and friend of Belcher’s girlfriend and victim, Kasandra Perkins. Charles said he covered the gamut, from his boyhood through his Chiefs career.
“Basically, instead of just knowing me as a football player you’ll know me as a person,” Charles said. “It’s about life, how far I’ve come and where I’m at.”
Reid said the club’s medical staff is reviewing the reports on tight end Tony Moeaki’s shoulder fracture, and there is still not a definite prognosis on his return.
But Moeaki doesn’t need surgery, Reid said.
Besides Moeaki, guard Jon Asamoah (calf), wide receiver Dexter McCluster (illness), linebacker Nico Johnson (ankle sprain) and defensive back Sanders Commings (collarbone) did not practice and likely will sit out Thursday night’s game.
Wide receiver Junior Hemingway participated in most of the practice before feeling ill. Several Chiefs have been bothered by flulike symptoms the last two weeks.
Jaguars claim Stanzi
Former Chiefs quarterback Ricky Stanzi didn’t stay unemployed for long. Stanzi, released by the Chiefs last weekend, was claimed on waivers by the Jacksonville Jaguars.
The Jaguars are shorthanded at quarterback because starter Blaine Gabbert has a thumb injury but is expected to return for the regular-season opener, which happens to be against the Chiefs. Stanzi, who did not appear in a game in two seasons with the Chiefs, may not contribute to the Jaguars on the field, but he can clue the Jacksonville coaching staff on the Chiefs’ offensive plans.
The Chiefs got down to the 75-man roster limit by waiving veteran wide receiver Jamar Newsome, who spent most of last season on the Chiefs’ practice squad before he was activated in late November. He appeared in six games, starting two, and had five catches for 73 yards.