PRE-GAME: Chiefs & Bills

From Arrowhead Stadium

Inactive players for the Chiefs today against the Bills include WR Dexter McCluster and starting RG Ryan Lilja. See more details below.

10:00 a.m. CDT – Good morning. It’s sunny and chilly on this game-day morn’ here at the stadium. Nice breeze really got the tailgate smoke moving around and smelling good. Not sure what type of crowd to expect. The game is on local TV so no blackout, but that doesn’t give us any indication of how many butts will be in the seats.

10:01 a.m. – A lot of Bills out on the field early, checking out the turf and the sun conditions. The Arrowhead playing surface looks good, but it’s starting to get worn a bit between the hash marks.

10:02 a.m. – Chiefs quarterbacks and receivers are in their pre-pre-game session of throwing the ball. It’s not a surprise but WR/RB Dexter McCluster is not taking part. He will not play today because of his ankle injury.

10:10 a.m. – Returner Javier Arenas is out early, standing on the west goal line and judging the sun and wind conditions. Again, with McCluster out, the returning will all fall to Arenas.

10:12 a.m. – OLB Mike Vrabel out working with the receivers catching passes. I guess it will be newsworthy when he’s not out there.

10:13 a.m. – All the players on the field are trying to judge the wind. In typical Arrowhead fashion it’s swirling right now. The American flag at the top of the stadium is blowing to the south-southeast. But on the field, the ribbons on the goal posts both are blowing towards the west.

10:20 a.m. – A lot of conversations on the field between Chiefs players and former Chiefs assistant coaches who are now part of the Bills staff.  RT Barry Richardson is enjoying a converation with Joe D’Alessandris, who spent two years in Kansas City working with the offensive line. Other players have stopped for conversation with Bob Bicknell, who was with the Chiefs as a tight ends coach and offensive line coach over four seasons.

10:24 a.m. – RB Jamaal Charles has joined the pre-pre-game throwing session. Last week, he was not on the field for the session. Pretty good indication that with McCluster out, they’ll spread Charles wide a few times against the Bills defense. We may even see some sets with Charles and Thomas Jones on the field together.

10:28 a.m. – Thomas Jone is just 39 rushing yards away from becoming the first player in NFL history to run for 500 yards or more with five different teams. He’s already done it with the Carddinals, Bears, Buccaneers and Jets.

10:30 a.m. – Early indicators on inactive players for today would be WR Dexter McCluster, S Reshard Langford, FB Tim Castille, C Rudy Niswanger and LB Justin Cole. There are a handful of candidates for the other three spots.

10:32 a.m. – LG Brian Waters and Bills assistant coach Bob Bicknell having a long conversation at the 50-yard line. Those two guys go back to their days in the NFL’s World Football League, when Waters played and Bicknell coached.

10:35 a.m. – Inactive players for the Chiefs today are WR Dexter McCluster, CB Jackie Bates, S Reshard Langford, LB Charlie Anderson, LB Justin Cole, G Ryan Lilja, DT Anthony Toribio and LB Mark Simoneau.

10:36 a.m. – Inactive players for the Bills today are CB Terrence McGee, LB Aaron Maybin, LB Antnio Coleman, T Ed Wang, T Cornell Green, DE Alex Carrington and DE John McCargo. They have designated Levi Brown as their inactive third quarterback.

10:45 a.m. – With Ryan Lilja out rookie Jon Asamoah will make his first NFL start at right guard. Decision on Lilja also puts backup C-G Rudy Niswanger on the active list for today’s game.

10:49 a.m. – Bills starting RT Cornell Green is out and rookie Cordaro Howard will make his second NFL start.

11:15 a.m. – The wind has dimiished quite a bit here over the 30 minutes. Both kickers seemed to have more trouble kicking to the east goal posts than the west.

11:25 a.m. – It appears that OLB Tamba Hali will be the extra captain as selected by head coach Todd Haley for the Chiefs today against the Bills.

11:30 a.m. – Enjoy the game. Don’t forget to return for game coverage Sunday evening of the Chiefs and Bills.

4 Responses to “PRE-GAME: Chiefs & Bills”

  • October 31, 2010  - el cid says:

    Chiefs win, Chiefs win. But about a poor a job of coaching by Haley and Weis as we have seen this year. Buffalo is a bad team and the coaching brain trust let them stay into the game until 5 seconds left in OT.

    A win is a win but really bad coaching by Chiefs coaches.

  • October 31, 2010  - Mike says:

    Amen, el cid!!! When you let bad teams hang around, they often end up biting you. We got lucky but, as the saying goes, I’d rather be lucky than good. This one must have REALLY hurt Chan!

  • October 31, 2010  - Thomas says:

    I agree with the above comments. Haley for the second game this year went after a forth down conversion instead of kicking the field goal and putting points on the board. If a field goal would have been made earlier in the game, we might not have gone into over-time.
    I admire Haley for taking some chances but do it when we have a comfortable lead and not during a close game.
    We sure dodge a bullit and was very “LUCKY”.

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