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Tyler Bray will start for Chiefs vs. Packers; Alex Smith, Nick Foles won’t play

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Kansas City Chiefs QBs Alex Smith and Nick Foles won’t play on Thursday night against the Green Bay Packers in the preseason finale, Chiefs coach Andy Reid announced. I didn’t expect Alex to play but no Foles either? Tells you how secure Foles is in his spot as the Chiefs backup.

Meanwhile, Tyler Bray will get the start for the Chiefs with Aaron Murray and Kevin Hogan to follow him. The Chiefs may not mind if one of these quarterbacks saw a minor injury that allowed them to land on IR. Stashing one of the young quarterbacks has been the solution in the past.

“I think it’s a great game for the young guys to get in and have an opportunity to show,” Andy Reid said. “Obviously you’re not going to be able to keep everybody. But it gives you an opportunity as a player to get yourself on tape. And then if you don’t make it here, you have an opportunity to make it somewhere else. That’s what this is all about. From an organizational standpoint – it gives you an opportunity to evaluate them and making sure you’re keeping the guys that you feel are the best.”

It could be awkward with Murray, who has some trade rumors floating around about him. A few media outlets reported on Tuesday that Murray is available in a trade. This is often what happens before a player is cut. Murray will catch on someplace but he has no NFL experience so it’s hard to think he has any trade value, especially when teams know he’s likely to be cut by this weekend.

I’m looking forward to this. Bray has just nine passing attempts this preseason and hadn’t played in two years before that. He’s an intriguing talent. We just haven’t seen much of him.