Typically at this point on the NFL schedule, as the final game of the preseason dawns at the end of August, the starters for the Kansas City Chiefs know they can largely kick back and relax (at least metaphorically speaking). That's because their head coach really doesn't like to see them on the field at this stage of the summer.
On Sunday, that might be shifting a bit for Patrick Mahomes and company.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid didn't say specifically who might be playing or how long they would be on the field, but it's clear that the Chiefs are still wanting to give their starters a bit of time to work out any kinks before the regular season begins on September 7. On Wednesday of this week, Reid spoke to reporters and said Chiefs starters could get a "little bit of time" against the visiting Cleveland Browns.
The Browns will visit Arrowhead on Saturday in the third and final preseason game for both teams, and the game will be broadcast live on NFL Network beginning at 12:00 p.m. C.T.
For the Chiefs, any playing time for the starters would certainly only be for a drive or two before giving way to fringe roster players as they seek to avoid injuries before the regular season begins. In fact, it's why it's rare to see Reid giving an inch on this. Then again, this is only the second offseason with only three preseason games, so perhaps such a long-standing coach is used to having a bit more preseason runway for his team.