Pre-Game Coverage – Chiefs vs. Raiders

McFadden and Seymour out for Raiders; Croyle listed as 3rd QB today. All the inactives are below.

From Arrowhead Stadium

10:00 a.m. CST – The sun is shining and it’s a beautiful morning at the Truman Sports Complex as the Chiefs and Raiders are two hours way from kickoff. There is a light breeze blowing the flags about at the top of the west end zone scoreboard. But right now it certainly is not as windy as it usually is, or could be. It’s a wind out of the west. Today’s forecast from the National Weather Service: Sunny, with a high near 37, southwest wind between 10 and 15 mph, with gusts as high as 22 mph.

10:01 a.m. – The Chiefs quarterbacks and receivers are out for their normal pre-pre-game throwing session. Everyone seems to be present and accounted for in the receiving lines.

10:04 a.m. – Tamba Hali and Andy Studebaker are both out early for their weekly session with Grand Master Kim on hand-to-hand fighting.

10:15 a.m. – The Raiders are having their own little pre-pre-game throwing session although it does not appear to include all the pitchers and catchers. Right now there are a lot of bodies on the field enjoying the morning sunshine.

10:20 a.m. – Charlie Weis is on the field having a conversation with Raiders DL Richard Seymour who is dressed like he’s not going to play today. He’s been fighting a hamstring injury. The Sporting News is reporting that the Weis to Florida deal is done and will be announced on Monday. The Chiefs have nothing to say on the subject at this point.

10:35 a.m. – Inactive players for the Chiefs today: WR Quinten Lawrence, DB Donald Washington, FB Mike Cox, S Reshard Langford, LB Charlie Anderson, C Rudy Niswanger and DT Anthony Toribio. The inactive third quarterback is Brodie Croyle.

10:36 a.m. – Inactive players for the Raiders today: WR Johnnie Lee Higgins, RB Darren McFadden, CB Walter McFadden, CB Jeremy Ware, G Daniel Loper, G Bruce Campbell and DT Richard Seymour. The inactive third quarterback is J.T. O’Sullivan.

10:40 a.m. – The decision to make Brodie Croyle the third quarterback instead of Tyler Palko is an interesting one. I would say it’s an indication that Todd Haley expects Palko to play in today’s game. None of the other Chiefs inactive decision is a surprise.

10:42 a.m. – The Chiefs catch a break with both RB Darren McFadden and DT Richard Seymour out for the Raiders. Both of those guys did not practice all week, McFadden with a toe injury and Seymour a hamstring problem.

10:48 a.m. – With Seymour out, John Henderson is exepcted to start for him. On offense, it will be Michael Bush stepping into the starting lineup for McFadden.

10:50 a.m. – Wearing sweatpants and with no warm up, Raiders K Sebastian Janikowski walked on the field and banged through a 50-yard field goal. What a leg.

10:55 a.m. – Without his sweatpants and with a snap and holder, Janikowski was good from 54 yards towards the west uprights with a light wind at his back. He was well short from 58 yards.

11:00 a.m. – Kicking towards the west uprights, Ryan Succop was one-of-two from 45 yards away. His first attempt was well short and his second try got between the pipes and just cleared the crossbar.

11:10 a.m. – Not quite as much fraternization on the field between the two teams as players come out the start the warm-up period. Very business like boundary on the 50-yard line.

11:25 a.m. – As the Raiders go through the warm-up period, it does not appear that LBs Rolando McClain and Thomas Howard are taking part. Both players are dressed, but they haven’t gone through the linebacker drills or the defensive plays.

10:35 a.m. – Chiefs have left the field for the locker room. Kickoff is less than a half-hour away. Enjoy the game and remember our coverage will begin in late afternoon and continue through the evening of the Chiefs and Raiders and the picture for the playoffs.

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