49ers vs. Chiefs preseason: Alex Smith, KC starters expected to play the first half vs. San Francisco

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The Kansas City Chiefs starters on both offense and defense are expected to play the entire first half on Friday night against the San Francisco 49ers.

The KC Chiefs first team offense and defense played just one series last week against the New Orleans Saints. Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said this week that in the second preseason game against the San Francisco 49ers the starters would play more. We didn't know how much more until now.

This is excellent news. I'm really excited to see how the Chiefs, particularly the offense, will do in an entire half. Alex Smith and co. looked sharp on their first drive in New Orleans -- 14 plays, 80 yards, capped off by a Jamaal Charles touchdown -- but I also want to see them do that consistently, and do it against one of the league's top defenses.

Defensively this gives us a chance to see the Chiefs new pieces in action for an extended period, ranging from Mike DeVito to Akeem Jordan to Sean Smith. I'm looking forward to it.

It's not clear yet if Jamaal Charles will play in Friday's game. Charles has a foot strain but it is not a serious injury. Here's all of our coverage of his injury, but we're just waiting to hear if he'll play or not. If Charles doesn't Knile Davis can expect a lot work as the Chiefs running back. Behind him is Shaun Draughn and Cyrus Gray, who could both see extended time if Charles is out.

It's also worth pointing out that he is "planning" on playing the starters that long. Something could happen -- good or bad -- and that plan could change.

No word on how long the 49ers starters will play. Fooch over at Niners Nation speculates 2-3 drives.

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