From Arrowhead Stadium
6:30 p.m. — It’s 30 minutes to kickoff and either this is going to be a late arriving crowd, or a not-arriving crowd. There are very few people sitting in stadium seats right now as the rain has pretty much stopped. But the real test is the parking lots to the east and west of the stadium – they still have plenty of open spots. Traffic is heavy on 435 coming in from the north, and I-70 eastbound is slow going coming up to the Blue Ridge Cutoff.
6:25 p.m. — A huge rainbow is sitting above Arrowhead right now as the sun has peaked out from behind the clouds to the west, while it continues to rain on the field. The dark clouds and bad weather appear headed to the east.
6:15 p.m. — The Chiefs have 70 of their 75 players dressed tonight. The entire team is on the field going through warmups and there are no late surprises with players not dresserd to play tonight.
6:10 p.m. — Not expected to dress for the Chiefs tonight are CB Maurice Leggett, OLB Cameron Sheffield, G Darryl Harris, OT Ryan O’Callaghan and OLB Tamba Hali. All missed practice time in the last week due to injury.
6:07 p.m. — The Packers just released their list of players who will not dress for the game and it’s topped by QB Aaron Rodgers and RB Ryan Grant. Also not dressed will be CB Charles Woodson, S Will Blackmon, CB Brandon Underwood, LB Clay Matthews, LB Desmond Bishop, , LB Brad Jones, OL Bryan Bulaga, OT Chad Clifton, DE Cullen Jenkins and OL Allen Barbre. Starting at QB will be Matt Flynn.
6:05 p.m. — In his pre-game kicking routine, Ryan Succop was good from 53 yards out kicking towards the west uprights and 49 yards to the east uprights. On the field that wind is gusting in several different directions.
6:00 p.m. — Rain continues to fall at Arrowhead, with a strong wind blowing in from the west. The flags on the west side of the stadium are blowing straight.
5:55 p.m. CDT — A few figures in Chiefs history are in the stadium tonight with the Packers, including former executive vice-president Tim Connolly, former assistant coach Russ Ball and former strength and conditioning coach Dave “Red Man” Redding. All were part of the executive and coaching groups that came in and helped turn around the franchise in 1989 with Carl Peterson and Marty Schottenheimer. Connolly isnow the Packers VP of Sales and Marketing, Ball is Green Bay’s VP of Football Administratroin and Redding is the Packers assistant strength coach.
5:35 p.m. CDT — chatting it up on the 30-yard line are QBs Aaron Rodgers and Matt Cassel, along with LB Mike Vrabel and RT Ryan O’Callaghan. Rodgers and O’Callaghan were teammates at the University of California. Plus, O’Callalghan is not dressed as if he’s playing tonight, no surprise
5:13 p.m. CDT — QB Matt Cassel has finally gotten on the field for the QB and receivers pre-pre-game session that started nearly 15 minutes before.
5:10 p.m. CDT — FB Mike Cox and TE Jake O’Connell are at the 25-yard line chatting up Packers TE Tom Crabtree, who spent last off-season and pre-season with the Chiefs before being released.
5:00 p.m. CDT — Chiefs have begun their pre-game throwing session with only Brodie Croyle and Tyler Palko on the field throwing passes to the eligible receivers. Not sure what that means for Matt Cassel and his participation this evening.
4:55 p.m. CDT — Chiefs QB Brodie Croyle and Packers S Charlie Peprah are exchanging plesantries at the 30-yard line. They played together at the University of Alabama.
4:50 p.m. CDT — OLB Tamba Hali is on the field warming up by himself and the way he’s dressed is an indication that he will not play in tonight’s game. Hali suffered a right ankle injury last week against Philadelphia and did not practice all week. He’s do some light running and is moving better than he was two days ago.
4:40 p.m. CDT â€“ Light rain continues to fall on the Truman Sports Complex. It’s not enough to puddle up right now, but just enough to be aggravating. The flags on the west side of the stadium are blowing pretty heavy out of the northwest.
4:30 p.m. CDT â€“ First Chiefs player on the field was C Rudy Niswanger, who was out early practicing shot gun snaps. Throughout the pre-season and practices, Niswanger has not always been consistent on his snaps back to the quarterback.