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Chiefs vs. Rams preseason: KC starters unlikely to play

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The Kansas City Chiefs are not expected to play much if at all in Thursday's preseason finale against the St. Louis Rams. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said the second team will likely start it off and get plenty of playing time while the third team will finish things up.

"Most of the guys - the ones that we're on the fence about - are going to get an opportunity to play," Reid said, via quotes from the Chiefs. "We'll go through and evaluate. There are some spots that are very important for the reps, that these guys get in for our evaluation of them."

This fits into how Andy Reid has handled this preseason finale before. The starters usually don't play while the second and third team see a lot of time. The reason for this is to avoid injuries while also getting a lot of looks at the second and third team.

This is a boring game for many fans to watch but for the players it's the biggest game of the year because there are still a few roster decisions to figure out. I would guess that the Chiefs are still undecided on a handful of players right now. Their play on Thursday will help make that decision.

One thing to watch in this game is the play of QB Aaron Murray. Chase Daniel is in the final year of his contract so if he is not back next year then the No. 2 job would fall to Murray. It's a good bet that Alex Smith will miss at least some time so Murray will need to be ready next season if he's the No. 2.

It's not clear yet if the Rams starters will be playing at all. If they do, that's a terrific test for the Chiefs second team as the Rams have a solid defense.

Who else are you watching for on Thursday?

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