Since it’s a preseason game, there is no official inactives list for Friday night’s final preseason game between the Kansas City Chiefs and Minnesota Vikings. But the injuries we know about will likely give a good idea of the players who will not appear — as ESPN’s Adam Teicher noted.
Partial list of those who won't be playing tonight: Frank Clark, Chris Jones, Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, Austin Blythe, Kyle Long. There will be others. I'd be surprised if CEH plays.— Adam Teicher (@adamteicher) August 27, 2021
The process became less speculative as soon as players began walking out on the field. The Athletic’s Nate Taylor had eyes on the field, noting that the team’s top running backs Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams aren't even dressed for the game.
Darrel Williams is also not in uniform. https://t.co/us5x4H2kNB— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) August 27, 2021
Teicher later reported that he didn't see cornerback Rashad Fenton on the field during warmups, either.
This means additional snaps for the young defensive linemen such as Mike Danna, Tershawn Wharton and Joshua Kaindoh — along with depth running backs like Jerick McKinnon, Darwin Thompson and Derrick Gore and cornerbacks such as Deandre Baker, BoPete Keyes and Dicaprio Bootle.
And as Teicher noted, there will very likely be other veteran players who will be dressed for the game, but will still see very few (if any) snaps. Starters are supposed to play to the first half — but head coach Andy Reid is always ready to change his mind as the game goes on.