Pregame notes from Kansas City

KANSAS CITY -- A New England reunion has taken place on the field prior to the game.

Both the Broncos and the Chiefs have major New England influences. New Denver coach Josh McDaniels was the Patriots' offensive coordinator. Kansas City general manager Scott Pioli was an executive with the Patriots.

Both men brought several players and employees from New England to their new situations. Many players from both teams are spending time together, catching up, and Pioli spent a good portion of the morning chatting with old friends.

Also of note before kickoff:

  • Denver safety Brian Dawkins is active and is expected to start. He was questionable with an ankle injury. He practiced sparingly this week.

  • Receiver Mark Bradley was a surprise inactive for the Chiefs. He started six games this season, but with the emergence of Chris Chambers, Bradley has lost playing time.

  • Denver running back LaMont Jordan was a healthy scratch. Peyton Hillis was playing behind him.

  • Denver right tackle Ryan Harris is active and he is expected to start. He missed the past four games with a toe injury.

  • Meanwhile, in Pittsburgh, Oakland rookie receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey is inactive with a foot injury that was disclosed by the team Friday. He had started every game this season.