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Chiefs Vs. Bucs Preseason: Haley Says Starters Likely To Play More

ATLANTA - AUGUST 13:  Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs is pressured by Kroy Biermann #71 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on August 13 2010 in Atlanta Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
ATLANTA - AUGUST 13: Quarterback Matt Cassel #7 of the Kansas City Chiefs is pressured by Kroy Biermann #71 of the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on August 13 2010 in Atlanta Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Last week against the Atlanta Falcons, the Kansas City Chiefs left their starters in for about a quarter and a half. Backup QB Brodie Croyle came in with 3:43 to play in the first half and the first team offense had four series.

So how much will they play Saturday night against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers?

"I would probably for the most part expect a little more without putting a number on it," Todd Haley said at his press conference this afternoon.

That could mean the entire first half for the first team, if not more. Generally, the third preseason game is when many of the starters play through the first half and into the third quarter but it looks like the Chiefs will get some extra work.

"Let's face it," Haley continued, "it comes down to how you play in the games. I'm obviously a big believer that practice is very important to your development as a team but the bottomline is how you play on Sundays (or Saturday this week). That's what we're looking for. Guys to come out and perform under the bright lights."

For a fan, the Chiefs preseason has been pretty nice because the first team has seen some good action. The Falcons, for example, took Matt Ryan and some of the starters out before the end of the first quarter last week.

But, then again, if your starters are playing a lot in preseason it's probably because they need the work, which may not be such a good thing.