Bills vs Chiefs Inactive Players Are Announced
The players that are listed as either out or as inactive for today's game are as follows:
Kansas City Chiefs: DE Brandon Bair, WR Jonathan Baldwin, DB Jalil Brown, OT Jared Gaither, NT Jerrell Powe, QB Ricky Stanzi, and DB Desmond Washington.
Buffalo Bills: WR Marcus Easley, NT Torell Troup, LB Arthur Moats, CB Justin Rogers, OT Sam Young, OG Colin Brown and TE Lee Smith.
Analysis: Chiefs WR Steve Breaston was limited at practice on Friday due to a hamstring injury, but he will be playing. The Chiefs lost veteran lineman Brian Waters to free agency, so missing tackle Jared Gaither places extra pressure on their offensive line to keep Matt Cassel upright the whole game. If Cassel takes some hard shots, the Chiefs might be in trouble, as backup Tyler Palko has never started a NFL game before. If Palko goes down, with Stanzi being inactive, the Chiefs will be up a river.
The Bills are already shaky about their offensive line play, and placing both Young and Brown on the inactive list means that the Bills do not have much depth coming in to the game, if there are any injuries. With so little practice time, and the starters playing limited reps during the preseason, it is going to be a challenge for the offensive line to play the majority of the game and play at a high level. Rookie tackle Chris Hairston might need to be pressed in to duty and have some meaningful snaps today.
That is it for the pre-game quick hits. Now we just need to sit back and wait for the kickoff. Check back throughout the game for more analysis as we look at some other key issues. Of interest will be the Bills ability to contain the Chiefs ground game, how well Cassel looks throwing the ball, and if the Bills questionable offensive line can protect Ryan Fitzpatrick and keep Hali off of their quarterback. Also of interest will be how many snaps can Shawne Merriman play and can he hold up for a full game.
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