Kansas City Chiefs may rest starters in Week 17 vs. Chargers

Dec 22, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) runs the ball during the second half of the game against the Indianapolis Colts at Arrowhead Stadium. The Colts won 23-7. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The San Diego Chargers need a win on Sunday, among other things, to win the final Wild Card spot in the AFC Playoffs and there’s a good chance that the road to the postseason just got a little easier. The Kansas City Chiefs have clinched as much as they can in the postseason and are locked into the fifth seed without any hope of moving higher or fear of falling lower.

This has prompted head coach Andy Reid to consider resting his starters on Sunday, a decision that hasn’t yet been made official.

Chase Daniels could very well get the start in the final game of the season and there’s a good chance that even if Alex Smith starts the game, Daniels and the backups will take snaps for a majority of the game. There’s a competitive meaning to the game as it has direct playoff implications, but the Chiefs are in the postseason and likely not high on the idea of risking injuries to starters just to make good regular season finale television.

Topics: Andy Reid, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers

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  • Larry Devore

    After the teams play yesterday, they can’t afford to rest any starters. Yesterday was abysmal.

  • Steve Krenek

    Well, if jc gets hurt , Alex , or Bowe we are screwed, my personal opinion is rest them and hope for the best… Go chiefs!!!!!

  • Roc

    The only issue I have with resting the starters is what happens if you give the chargers a freebie and they make the playoffs? San Diego is a team nobody wants to see in the playoffs the way they’ve been playing

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