Smart idea to rest starters in Green Bay

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- After a ragged preseason, the starters for the Kansas City Chiefs might need more preseason work, but they won’t get it. Coach Andy Reid said most starters wouldn’t play in Thursday night’s final exhibition game against the Packers

It’s tempting to believe Reid should go against his long-standing practice of withholding starters from the final preseason game. The starters haven’t looked ready for the regular season, particularly on offense. The first-team offense hasn’t scored a touchdown in 16 preseason possessions. The Chiefs, with Alex Smith at quarterback, had the ball inside the Minnesota Vikings’ 20-yard line three times in last week’s game but came away from those trips with only three points.

But Reid is making the right call. It’s more important for the Chiefs to stay as healthy as possible for the Sept. 7 regular-season opener against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium.

The Chiefs will already play against the Titans without wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and right tackle Donald Stephenson. Both will be under NFL suspensions.

Chase Daniel will start the Green Bay game at quarterback and play the first quarter. Tyler Bray and Aaron Murray will split the remainder of the work.

Linebacker Tamba Hali and Eric Fisher were two of the players who missed Tuesday’s practice. Hali has a sore knee and Reid indicated he wouldn’t accompany the Chiefs to Wisconsin. Fisher is ill.

Reid also said Frankie Hammond Jr. would likely take Bowe’s spot in the starting lineup against Tennessee. Hammond joined the Chiefs last year as an undrafted rookie and spent all season on the practice squad.

But he’s fast and played well in training camp and the preseason. Hammond is tied with Bowe for the team lead in preseason receptions for a wide receiver with six.

“He’s done a nice job,’’ Reid said. “He’s a pretty good football player.’’