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Game Day. Sort of. The Kansas City Chiefs are hosting The Seattle Seahawks (please note spellcheck hates Seahawks because it's not a real word) this afternoon. Here's the latest news to get you ready for kickoff.

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Chiefs vs. Seahawks: Important Gameday Information from Chiefs.com

Important Times

11:00 a.m. - Parking Lots Open (Prepay for parking to save at the gate!)

11:30 a.m. - Ford Fan Experience Opens (NEW LOCATION - Founder's Plaza)

1:00 p.m. - Draft Room Opens

2:00 p.m. - All Stadium Gates Open

3:30 p.m. - Chiefs Football Season Begins!

Five things to watch in the Chiefs' first preseason game from The Kansas City Star

3. Tyler Bray vs. Aaron Murray

Bray has consistently gotten reps ahead of Murray this offseason, and with the addition of Foles, it appears one of them will be the odd man out of the quarterback rotation. The Chiefs' No. 3 job won't be won in practice — it will be won in games. Chiefs coach Andy Reid has said many times that he's eager to see how the young quarterbacks fare against a live pass rush, which they'll finally see this afternoon. Which one will rise to the occasion?

What to watch for in Seahawks-Chiefs preseason game from Chiefs Digest

"We don't really ‘game plan' for our first preseason opponent," Reid said. "We try to go back and look at plays that aren't necessarily complex plays. That way we can give the younger guys a chance to go out and play at a high level without having to overthink things while they're on the field. That gives us a better evaluation of them as players."

There are four notable players fans will not see against the Seahawks. Linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali and running Jamaal Charles remain on the team's physically unable to perform (PUP) list. Safety Eric Berry has yet to report to camp.

Here are five other areas to watch Saturday afternoon.

Chris Jones, Dee Ford among defensive players Chiefs eager to see from ESPN

OLB Dee Ford: At least until Hali or Houston returns, Ford is the Chiefs' top rusher. He had his moments filling in for the injured Houston last season, but has to be more consistent. He can do that by developing a larger array of pass-rush moves to complement his quick burst off the line. "He's an incredible speed rusher," Dorsey said. "Now, what you do if you really want to make an impact in this game? You've got to have multiple moves. That's what training camp is (for), to develop multiple moves."

Predicting Chiefs' 53-man roster heading into first preseason game from Chiefs Digest

These predictions are based on observations at three rookie minicamp, ten organized team practice activity days (OTA), three mandatory minicamp, and 14 training camp practices. Here is a snapshot at the 53-man roster projection.

Quarterback (3): Alex Smith, Nick Foles and Kevin Hogan
Traded or Missing the Cut: Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray

The quarterback situation will be interesting over the next month. Foles was likely brought in to provide the Chiefs with an experienced backup. Hogan shows tremendous promise in his velocity and decisiveness.

Stability, thy name is Chiefs' offensive line from The Kansas City Star

The Chiefs inserted Parker Ehinger at left guard from the first day of training camp and that's where he's been since. He's thrilled about the opportunity, but remaining in his position for a few weeks didn't seem odd to him.

"It comes with a lot of work, a lot of preparation," Ehinger said.

For the 2016 Chiefs, having an offensive lineman hold down his position for more than a few days of training camp counts as remarkable consistency compared to last year.

Steady along the line is where the Chiefs are heading into Saturday's preseason opener against the Seahawks. Kickoff at Arrowhead Stadium is 3:30 p.m. on Ch. 5.

Chiefs place more value than usual on preseason opener from The Associated Press via FS Kansas City

The first preseason game tends to be a glorified practice for most NFL teams, the starters rarely playing more than a series or the first quarter before giving way to the backups and no-hopes.

There may be a little more value in Saturday's game for the Kansas City Chiefs.

Nick Foles will get his first taste of game action a week after signing to be quarterback Alex Smith's backup, and a slew of players who may be counted on heavily due to injuries and absences early in the season could get significant playing time against the Seattle Seahawks.

Seahawks vs. Chiefs: What to watch as Seattle opens the preseason from The Seattle Times

Here are some key players and situations to watch as the Seahawks open the preseason Saturday at Kansas City.

The offensive line: This figures to top any such list from now until the line proves it's not the biggest question mark on the team.

That's not likely to happen as quickly as Saturday, though, with projected starting right tackle J'Marcus Webb out with a knee injury, which will have Garry Gilliam — who has spent most of training camp at left tackle — moving to the right side with Bradley Sowell on the left side.

Nick Foles already a solid No. 2 in Kansas City Chiefs' QB order from UPI

Starter Alex Smith will play the first quarter or less, with recently signed Nick Foles hitting the field in a Chiefs uniform for the first time in the second quarter with the second-teamers. He will play until halftime, then Tyler Bray, Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan will get the second-half scraps.

The rotation is an indicator that after just a week in camp, Foles moved into the No. 2 seat behind Smith. His 35 NFL starts are one of the most important reasons that Foles was signed after being released by the Los Angeles Rams.

Kansas City Chiefs Add KMOX/St. Louis To Radio Network from All Access Music Group

ST. LOUIS doesn't have an NFL team any more, but the KANSAS CITY CHIEFS are looking to grab some new fans from the other side of MISSOURI by adding new affiliates to the CHIEFS RADIO NETWORK, CBS RADIO News-Talk KMOX-A and Sports KYKY-HD3/ST. LOUIS.  The CHIEFS RADIO NETWORK, operated by CUMULUS MEDIA, is based at flagship CUMULUS Classic Rock KCFX (101 THE FOX)/KANSAS CITY.

Rams will go big in their preseason opener at the Coliseum from The Los Angeles Times

The last NFL game played in L.A. was on Dec. 24, 1994, when Kansas City beat the Raiders, 19-9, at the Coliseum. The last player to gain positive yards in that game? Future Hall of Fame running back Marcus Allen ... for the Chiefs.

On that same day, the L.A. Rams played their final game before moving to St. Louis, losing at Anaheim Stadium to Washington, 24-21. Their closing play was emblematic of that 4-12 season: A 1-yard gain by quarterback Chris Miller on fourth-and-11.

As strength and speed outpace skill, devastating knee injuries affecting younger athletes from The Springfield News-Leader

On the Kansas City Chiefs' roster alone, Jamaal Charles, Jeremy Maclin, Donnie Avery, Justin Houston and Eric Berry are among the players who have suffered torn ACLs in their NFL careers. They are all well-paid adults who managed to reach the professional ranks without significant injuries.

Many young football players are not so lucky.

Mercy Sports Medicine Administrative Director Jim Raynor said that while the volume of ACL injuries in sports hasn't necessarily increased, the demographics are shifting.

"What we do notice is an increasing trend in younger athletes sustaining these injuries," Raynor said. "Now we're seeing it in the middle school and in the last couple of years we're seeing it in elementary-age kids."

Montana Football Hall of Famers bask in spotlight at inaugural induction from The Billings Gazette

Chris Horn was instrumental in a huge turnaround for the Rocky Mountain College football program. Horn saw his career there elevate him into the NFL for a short time with the Kansas City Chiefs.

"It's a tremendous honor and it's very humbling," Horn said. "My class of seniors, when we came in together as freshmen, we were 0-10, and when we left we were 10-0. To have started at the bottom, and finish at the very top, and all the adversity that came in between there, it really is something that I will forever look back on as something that I'm proud of."

Damien Constantin was contacted by a club in the CFL from Le Mirabel [translated from the original French]

The tackler giant size, 6'7 '' and 345 lbs, was contacted in early August of John Murphy, Raiders of Saskatchewan. The 20 years old athlete has received an offer for a trial with the club of Regina. "I discussed it with my parents since I will begin soon University in Halifax. My father decided to contact Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, "said Damien Constantin.

Duvernay-Tardif is a player of the Kansas City Chiefs in the National Football League in the United States."My father communicates with Laurent several times a year for advice or just chat. If there is a football player on which to emulate, it is Lawrence ", said the footballer of St. Jerome, who also played for the Cégep de Montmorency team.

Delphine Duvernay-Tardif strong on her skis from L'Oeil Regional [translated from the original French]

Not the only sport in the family

Some of you may have already guessed, Delphine is the little sister of Laurent Duvernay-Tardif who will soon begin his third season in the NFL with the Kansas City Chiefs. Certainly, jealousy does not reign in the family, on the contrary. Note that she has another sister,

Marilou, which makes rowing.

Delphine said even very proud of his brother's achievements. "I find it fun when people realize that this is my brother. Those around me see it bigger than me. How long have I'm tracking my brother and that's normal for me to see where it went today. "