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Chiefs Coach Todd Haley Talks Eagles, Starters Playing Time

Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley met with the media prior to Wednesday's practice.

The newsworthy item to come out of this is that the Chiefs starters are likely to play into the third quarter against the Philadelphia Eagles on Friday.

Here's a summary of what Haley had to say:

He was excited about the practice this evening and said at some point he'll take a look around as well. Haley hasn't seen the New Arrowhead yet but is going to get up there to check it all out next week. They'll have some of the similar schedules leading up to the game in terms of where the players are getting taped up and that sort of pre-game stuff.

Friday's game is one of the final evaluation periods for the Chiefs. On Aug. 31 and Sept. 4, they'll be making roster cuts. Haley says there won't be any decisions made solely on this game but that this is a big piece of the puzzle. The final decision on roster cuts will probably come down to the last few hours of cut down day, he says.

He talked about the Eagles and how they've been able to stay competitive for so long. He said they laid the foundation originally and did it the right way. They also did it so everyone in the organization understands it. One interesting note on the Steelers (and his father): Haley mentioned that they laid the foundation forty years ago and it's still in place today.

The starters are likely to play more than they did last week which would mean into the third quarter. Some guys may play more or less depending on the situation. Haley was asked whether Cassel would play more and he said, "Every snap counts for him."

Haley was also asked about the 18-game schedule and didn't give much of a comment. He's previously said he'd take as many preseason games he could have. This week Clark Hunt said he would favor an 18-game schedule so I wonder if he didn't say anything because of that.

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