From Arrowhead Stadium
That’s it from pre-game. Remember, we’ll have complete coverage of today’s game and most of it by the time you sit down to dinner on Sunday evening. Enjoy opening day!
11:10 a.m. – All players on both squads out for the team warm-up period. Now just about 45 minutes before kickoff. Stadium remains fairy empty as fans enjoy a beautiful morning for tailgating to the last moment.
11 a.m. – K Ryan Succop missed from 53 yards to the east goal posts in his warm up period. Kicking to the west, he hit the cross bar from 53 yards.
10:55 a.m. – Inactive players for the Falcons today are: QB Dominique Davis, S Charles Mitchell, CB Robert McClain, C Joe Hawley. OT Lamar Holmes, DE Lawrence Sidbury, DE Jonathan Massaquoi. Atlanta also made a pair of roster moves, re-signing CB Dominique Franks and promoting WR Drew Davis from the practice squad. Removed from the active roster were WR Tim Toone and OL Phillipkeith Manley.
10:50 a.m. – In the starting lineup today expect Dontari Poe to open at nose tacke, Jacques Reeves at LCB, Abram Elam at FS and Andy Studebaker at OLB.
10:45 a.m. – Weather report for the game is perfect – sunny and clear with a light wind blowing out of the northeast at 10 mph. Temperature at kickoff expected to be in the mid-70s, rising to nearly 80 by the end of the game. Humidity is 40 percent.
10:42 a.m. – ESPN’s John Clayton in the house for today’s game.
10:40 a.m. – Kicking towards the west goal posts, Falcons K Matt Bryant came up short from 59 yards.
10:37 a.m. – The Chiefs defense will be without four starters today – NT Anthony Toribio, OLB Tamba Hali, CB Brandon Flowers and FS Kendrick Lewis. Chiefs say they have more depth this season; they’ll have to show that today.
10:35 a.m. – Good news for Chiefs is that ILBs Derrick Johnson and Jovan Belcher are active today. The question now will be how well they can play and hold up with their injuries.
10:30 a.m. β Inactive for the Chiefs today is starting left cornerback Brandon Flowers. He will not dress. The rest of the list has QB Ricky Stanzi, FS Kendrick Lewis, RB Cyrus Gray, TE Steve Maneri, DE Allen Bailey and DT Anthony Toribio.
10:27 a.m. β Inactive players are just a few minutes away and the question of the day is whether Ricky Stanzi will be active. Last season, the Chiefs had a quarterback on the game-day list for 15 of the 16 games. Most of those were Stanzi, although Kyle Orton and Tyler Palko were also inactive. With so many defensive players injured, the Chiefs may need to roster spot for that side of the ball.
10:25 a.m. β None of the injured Chiefs showed themselves for early workouts to test their injuries. That’s not unusual since many of those workouts tend to happen at the team’s facility out of sight of the prying eyes of scouts and the media. The questionable players today as to their participation due to injury are CB Brandon Flowers (foot), ILB Derrick Johnson (ankle) and ILB Jovan Belcher (groin). Everyone else on the injured list is cut and dry, as NT Anthony Toribio, DE Allen Bailey and FS Kendrick Lewis will sit this one out.
10:23 a.m. β It’s easy to tell that this morning its different than the two previous home (pre-season) games, as 90 minutes before kickoff the parking lots are jammed and traffic is backed up on I-70 at the Blue Ridge Cutoff. The game has never been declared a sellout, so you can bet the ticket windows will be open right up to kickoff.
10:20 a.m. β Tony G. chattering at the 10-yard line with punter Dustin Colquitt. There are only 8 players still on the Chiefs roster that played with Gonzalez in a red uniform. That’s just over 3 years.
10:18 a.m. β GM Scott Pioli in conversation with Falcons CB Asante Samuel, a former member of the Patriots that was around when Pioli was working personnel for New England.
10:17 a.m. β Tony G. just gave a big hug to Chiefs GM Scott Pioli; most likely it was a thank you huge for getting him out of town three years ago.
10:16 a.m. β Tony Gonzalez on the field at 10:10 a.m., but he can’t get off the sideline where he is talking and meeting with various folks that all want to say hello.
10:15 a.m. β Good morning from the 2012 season opener. It’s a perfect day at the Truman Sports Complex to play the first game on the schedule and to welcome back KC’s football prodigal son Tony Gonzalez. Stay here for updates.