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Chiefs vs. Packers Preseason: How Long Will Matt Cassel And The Starters Play?

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Kansas City Chiefs head coach Todd Haley said that he and his staff would convene on Tuesday afternoon to determine playing time for Thursday's matchup with the Green Bay Packers.

It's the fourth preseason game when teams usually pull back on the reins a little bit. Packers head coach Mike McCarthy said on Tuesday they are playing Aaron Rodgers and the first team offense for one series on Thursday. For just one series, I'd ask: Why? The risk far outweighs the reward.

The fourth preseason game generally sees the starters play less than a quarter, if at all, anyway.

Last year, the Chiefs started Brodie Croyle and he played the entire first half. But that's also because Matt Cassel had gone down with an injury the week before and Croyle needed the playing time to prepare for the opener.

This time around Croyle has been out with an injury the last two preseason games and again could use the playing time.

Haley said on Tuesday afternoon, "I think it’s a fair statement that he’s missed a considerable amount of time that adds up pretty quick for a quarterback. I think snaps that he can get will be positive, that’s for sure."

This is my guess on the rotation: Matt Cassel and the starters play 2-3 series and Croyle plays into the fourth quarter with Palko closing things out.

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