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Chiefs: Red Thursday will supplant Red Friday for home opener against Denver

jsleezer@kcstar.com

Sure, sentences like this still make a Kansas City sports fan’s head spin: the first-place Royals traded prospects for a star pitcher.

Now, how about this: Chiefs fans have to be prepared for Red Thursday in September. Certainly, that’s supposed to be Red Friday, right?

Well, no.

Kansas City Chiefs head athletic trainer Rick Burkholder briefed the media on Tuesday in St. Joseph on the July back surgery of defensive tackle Dontari Poe to remove a herniated disc. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com

The Chiefs announced that the traditional Red Friday celebration instead will be a Red Thursday extravaganza on Thursday, Sept. 17. That’s when the Chiefs’ home opener against the Denver Broncos will be played on “Thursday Night Football” on CBS.

“This year, Red Thursday is going to capture all of the annual Red Friday excitement from around the city and match that with the energy and vigor that our fans and all of Chiefs Kingdom feel on gameday,” Chiefs Chairman Clark Hunt said in a news release on the team’s web site.

“This tradition is a highlight for the organization every year, and we are looking forward to sharing an exciting day of Chiefs events with our fans, culminating in our primetime contest against the Broncos at Arrowhead.”

The Chiefs announced that the Kansas City Symphony will lead Arrowhead Stadium in the national anthem. The Chiefs also will recognize players from the two Super Bowl teams (I and IV) during a halftime ceremony.

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid spoke to the media Tuesday on the upcoming physical of Eric Berry and the back surgery of Dontari Poe. VIDEO BY DAVID EULITT deulitt@kcstar.com

To reach Pete Grathoff, call 816-234-4330 or send email to pgrathoff@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @pgrathoff.

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