Pre-Game: Chiefs vs. Colts

From Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis

11:30 a.m. CDT – The Chiefs have left the field after completing their warm-up. It appeared that Jon McGraw was back in the starting lineup at SS, rather than Donald Washington. Enjoy the game, and remember we’ll have coverage afterwards and throughout the evening of the Chiefs and Colts.

11:03 a.m. CDT – Colts have announced their starting lineup changes and they’ll have Jeff Linkenbach moving from RT to LT. Quinn Ojinnaka will start at RT. Starting at RG for will be Mike Pollak.

11 a.m. CDT – Chiefs GM Scott Pioli and Peyton Manning in a conversation at the 50-yard line.

10:55 a.m. CDT – The crew of referee Carl Cheffers is working this game. They’ve done three games so far this season and the home team has been happy all three times with victories. They’ve walked off 44 flags for 382 yards, or an average of 14.6 per game, so they are very active. This group appears to throw more flags on offensive holding and roughing the passer than the average crew.

10:40 a.m. CDT – The inactive breakdown shows advantage Chiefs, with Indy missing two offensive line starters in LT Anthony Castonzo and RG Ryan Diem.  No official annoucement from the Colts yet, but the Colts have 10 offensive linemen on their roster, but three are inactive today and two were signed just this week. RT Jeff Linkenbach is expected to move from RT to LT, but who replaces him at RT and who starts at RG remains unknown. Candidates are Seth Olsen, Mike Pollak at guard and newly signed Quinn Ojinnaka and Michael Toudouze at tackle.

10:35 a.m. CDT – Inactive players for the Chiefs today are QB Ricky Stanzi, OT Steve Maneri, WR Jonathan Baldwin, DE Brandon Bair, DT Jerrell Powe, S Reshard Langford and WR Jerheme Urban.

10:35 a.m. CDT – Inactive players for the Colts today are LT Anthony Castonzo, RG Ryan Diem, QB Kerry Collins, QB Peyton Manning, DT Drake Nevis, OT Mike Tepper and DB Kevin Thomas.

10:30 a.m. CDT – The Chiefs will be back in their normal white jerseys for today’s game. They’ll be with red pants. Last road game in San Diego, the Chargers decided to wear white at home and the Chiefs were in their red tops.

10:25 a.m. CDT – Early report from the locker room is that WR Jonathan Baldwin will be inactive for today’s game. In a few moments, we’ll have all the Chiefs inactives, but that was the one name everyone wanted to know about. No #89 today.

10:20 a.m. CDT – There will be a moment of silence at the start of each NFL game today for the late Al Davis. The man who was the Raiders died on Saturday at his home in Oakland. He was 82 years old.

10:15 a.m. CDT – The excercise of the quarterbacks and receivers having a pre-pre-game throwing session is something that really became in vogue when Peyton Manning and the Colts started doing it several years ago.  They would do the whole thing at a very quick pace, not only to develop rapport between QB and receivers, but to try to match the game intensity. It’s strange looking down on the field today and not see Manning down there orchestrating his team’s session.

10:10 a.m. CDT – About those open windows on the north side of the stadium. There are sixpanels that are 88-feet tall and 244-feet wide and they can retract or close, just like the roof in around 10 minutes. Amazing.

10:05 a.m. CDT – Rookie WR Jonathan Baldwin is running through the routes in the normal pre-pre-game throwing session and it’s impossible to tell whether he’s going to play or not at this point because all seven receivers are going through the throwing session.

10 a.m. CDT – Good morning from Indy, where it’s a gloriously sunny and warm morning in central Indiana. Take a look at the picture above from the inside of Lucas Oil and note the windows at the north end. Today, those windows are open, so is the roof and this might actually be as close to an outdoor game as one can get indoors. There’s some morning haze still in the air and the light from the open roof is filtering down through the haze. Great shots for photographers if they are paying attention.

3 Responses to “Pre-Game: Chiefs vs. Colts”

  • October 9, 2011  - ED J says:

    Well that sucks Jon not playing today. I guess they want to get him incorporated in game plan and will try to do so during the bye I guees a week wasn’t long enough. I do understand moving him to outside would cause moving Breaston to inside and maybe just a week of practice wasn’t enough time to incorporate him in the playbook this week. Plus I do remember saying Cassel mention he haven’t spent enough time with him. So maybe team just decided to give another couple weeks to build that rapport back. Either way still disappointed he’s not playing.

  • October 9, 2011  - KC_Guy says:

    Just curious what Romeo will make out of that mess the Colts call an OL. Tamba switching sides? Tamba, Gilberry and Houston in simultaneously?
    If they don’t get pressure on Painter (plus a bunch of sacks) against this OL something’s terribly wrong.

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