PRE-GAME: Chiefs vs. Chargers

From Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California

2:30 p.m. CDT — The sky remains cloudy, but there are a few patches of blue starting to show through. Temperature is in the mid 60s and very comfortable. Check back Sunday night for complete coverage of this AFC West game and whether the Chiefs can get their first victory of the season. Enjoy the game.

2:15 p.m. CDT — Chargers WR Malcom Floyd has taken the field and he’s dressed as if he’s going to play today. On Friday, the Chargers declared Floyd as “doubtful” since he had not practiced all week because of injury. It’s the first time in Norv Turner’s tenure as head coach that a player listed as doubtful has actually played in that week’s game.

2:10 p.m. CDT — A lot of “Hello, how are you?” greetings on the field in pre-game. As division rivals these teams are used to seeing each other and there are a lot of connections with college affiliation. CB Travis Daniels and Chargers FB Jacob Hester are gabbing away. They played together at LSU.

2:00 p.m. CDT — Working on returns in the pre-game warm-up are Terrance Copper, Jeremy Horne, Steve Breaston, Javier Arenas and Dexter McCluster. Considering how little the Chiefs have gotten out of the return game from Arenas-McCluster, don’t be surprised if Horne doesn’t get a chance to return, probably kickoffs.

1:55 p.m. CDT — Kicking towards the west goal posts Ryan Succop was good from 50 yards away with plenty to spare. He then hit from 53 yards and it had another five yards. From 57 yards out, he was good but barely cleared the crossbar. It looks like anything inside 55 is good for Succop today, if he can hit it between the pipes.

1:45 p.m. CDT — Surprise active player for the Chargers is WR Malcom Floyd, who was declared doubtful in the Friday injury report to the league. We’ll keep an eye on the Chargers as they warm up, but he may end up being an eighth player inactive, although he’s not declared so.

1:40 p.m. CDT — Surprise inactive for the Chiefs is WR Jerheme Urban. He’s a healthy scratch and just recalled from the practice squad Jeremy Horne is active. This must have something to do with special teams play. Urban was an infrequent participant in the kicking games. Horne made the team last year based on his play in the kicking game.

1:35 p.m. CDT — Inactive players for the Chargers today are S Paul Oliver, SS Bob Sanders, RB Jordan Todman, LB Darrryl Gamble, TE Antonio Gates, DE Luis Castillo, DE CoreyLiuget.

 1:32 p.m. CDT — Inactive players for the Chiefs today are WR Jonathan Baldwin, DE Brandon Bair, NT Jerrell Powe, QB Ricky Stanzi, WR Jerheme Urban, S Reshard Langford, OT Steve Maneri.

1:25 p.m. CDT — The pre-pre-game throwing session is over, but WR Jonathan Baldwin is still on the field, catching passes from QB Ricky Stanzi and running routes on air.

1:20 p.m. CDT — The crew of Walt Coleman worked the game. Their first two assignments in the 2011 season saw home team victories for Houston over Indianapolis and New Orleans over Chicago. Coming into the game they had walked off 23 flags for 178 yards.

1:10 p.m. CDT — The Chiefs will be wearing their red jersey instead of the normal white that they normally wear on the road. The decision on this is up to the home team, and the Chargers have decided to go with their white jersey. Some teams think that in summer conditions it’s better to have the lighter tops that reflect the sun, rather than the darker tops that retain the heat.

1:07 p.m. CDT — The Chiefs QBs and WRs are going through their normal pre-pre-game throwing session and taking part is rookie WR Jonathan Baldwin. He’s in the receiving line and catching passes without a brace on his right arm. He’s wearing gloves, so it’s not possible to tell if he’s got something on his injured right thumb, but this is the first time he’s taken part in this pre-game session since the first pre-season game. A sign maybe that he’s about to return to the practice field.

1:05 p.m. CDT – Although it has nothing to do with folks in Kansas City’s ability to watch the TV telecast of the game, the San Diego blackout was lifted thanks to a 24-hour extension on the deadline given the team by the NFL. According to the Chargers, all the remaining 4,000 tickets were sold in 24 hours and all were bought by fans. No sponsor or business partner paid for any of the tickets according to the team’s CEO A.G. Spanos. The Chiefs game was packaged with a November 6th home game for the Chargers against Green Bay, so everybody that purchased tickets had to also buy Packers tickets.

1:01 p.m. CDT – The biggest news item of the last 24 hours has been the report that Chargers TE Antonio Gates will not play today because of continuing problems with a foot. It seems that foot, ankle, knee – Gates has been dealing with these injuries for years now. Apparently, this is bad enough to keep him out. That’s four starters that the Chargers will be without today: Gates, WR Malcom Floyd, SS Bob Sanders and DE Corey Liuget. Five, if you count DE Luis Castillo who went down in the opener with a broken leg.

1:00 p.m. CDT – Good afternoon from Mission Valley and the Q, which will always be Jack Murphy Stadium to me. There are morning clouds and a bit of what they call out here a marine layer that crept up the valley from the Pacific overnight. It’s slowly burning away and it should be another one of those perfect San Diego days for the Chiefs and Chargers – sunny with temps around 70 degrees and low humidity.

4 Responses to “PRE-GAME: Chiefs vs. Chargers”

  • September 25, 2011  - Tenand6 says:

    Very anxious to see Baldwin, hopefully next week. Cassel needs a big man who can jump.

  • September 25, 2011  - el cid says:

    Apparently only needs to run 4 yards every time.

  • September 25, 2011  - Gary says:

    He also needs bigger guys that can block and guys that can run and everyone needs to hold onto the football.

  • September 25, 2011  - Michael says:

    Bob, you were spot on with all the offensive ink lately. This is awful. longest play is 4 yrds, and no, I repeat NO FIRST DOWNS!!!!!!!. Who the h*ll is calling these plays.

    Way to go so far Defense!!!!!!!!

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